Munich eyes 400 miles of city bike lanes

Munich looks to address rush hour and clogged public transport with new infrastructure
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Munich has set its sights on producing a city wide cycling network, covering some 400 miles of tracks, some of which would be as wide as 13 feet.

Plans suggest it'll all be segregated from motor traffic and has already been badged as "the Autobahn for cyclists".

Speaking to Wired, urban planner Birgit Kastrop, who is working on the proposal, said: "We need a new form of infrastructure (to address the city's rush hour traffic problem) This might be a little solution for reducing this problem.”

The network will free from crossroads, traffic lights and wide enough for easy overtakes.

Political opposition, as has happened often with London's cycling projects, is expected. German Newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung estimates that the network will cost $1.75 million per mile to build.

Read more about the proposal here.

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