Be it as a mode of transport for the journey to work or for leisure time or holiday activities: the bicycle is more popular than ever in Germany. About 82 percent of Germans use bicycles. This makes us one of the leading cycling nations. Especially if their journey is 15 km or less, more and more people are doing without their car and using a bicycle instead. Good thing! Cycling is good for the environment and increases personal fitness. Moreover, the bicycle is an important technology platform: it is at the forefront of electric drivetrains, and digitalization is making it even more attractive. This is reason enough for the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to emphatically progress the development and improvement of cycling.
The invention of the bicycle by Karl Drais in 1817 was probably also the start of the first mobility revolution of the modern age. Today, the bicycle is on the fast track and its popularity is increasing like that of no other means of transport. Bicycles are a symbol of active mobility and successful in-novation. They offer solutions to challenges societies are facing today such as the reduction of con-gestion, emissions and noise. Cycling is also being promoted by the spread of digital technology: it makes cycling simpler and increases the comfort and safety of cyclists.