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German Cycling Highway Traffic Sign

Source: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Cycle superhighways are putting cyclists on the fast track. On these routes with certain construction standards, which are exclusively reserved to them, cyclists can reach their destination quickly and safely. Cycle superhighways are sufficiently wide, well lit and, with only a few exceptions, can be used without having to stop. As such, cycle superhighways are particularly well suited for urban areas and metropolitan regions and can be a true alternative, particularly for commuters. Additionally, cycle superhighways can contribute to reducing the negative impact of transport, such as noise and emissions and have a positive impact on the climate.

Cycle superhighways:

  • usually have a length of more than 10 km;
  • have a forecast of at least 2,000 cycle trips per day;
  • usually have a width of 3 metres (single-lane) or 4 metres (two lanes);
  • are separated from other means of transport;
  • are equipped with safe and convenient intersections;
  • have a high surface quality and a low gradient;
  • are operated and maintained in a permanent and safe manner, incl. winter maintenance service.

Cycle superhighways are particularly well suited for urban areas and metropolitan regions. They are particularly suitable for commuter traffic.