Germany's 62 mile bike path is entirely car free!
Biking is such a wonderful exercise because it gets your body moving, allows you to be outside breathing in the fresh air, AND it’s a big positive for our environment because it means fewer emissions from our vehicles!
Today we’d like to tip our hats to The Radschnellweg ("fast bike path") RS1 which runs 62 miles between the cities of Duisburg and Hamm and passes through eight other cities along the way! This bike highway is an entirely separate roadway that will remain entirely car free, even as it passes through city centers. Germany has opened the first three-mile stretch of a bicycle highway that will eventually span over 62 miles, connecting 10 western cities as well as four universities. And this highway is an entirely separate roadway that will remain completely car-free.
In a study completed by regional development group RVR, it's estimated to take 50,000 cars off the road each day! The study also projects that the savings due to the health benefits of biking could be as much as five times the cost of building the bikeway. According to the ADFC, one kilometer of bike highways runs about €1.8 million.
The route is still under construction but is coming along. The second stage opened this past November, in Mülheim, which joined the first section in Essen, which opened in 2010. The plan is to have a proper alternative for inter-city travel.