Get to Know Munich’s Bike Paths

Travel Tips — By Mike Richardson on May 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Since the weather has warmed up, the bikes have come out all over Munich and the surrounding region; bikes are not just for kids here.  Biking is a major form of transportation which can be nice for tourists, but tourists should also be aware of the dangers that bikes present to pedestrians as well.

Every week I talk to tourists who have either been hit by cyclists or at least have had very close calls dodging them.  In most cases it is the fault of the tourist, not the cyclist, however (at least in Munich).

I believe the main problem is that tourists simply don’t recognize the distinction between sidewalks and bike paths.  They are marked quite clearly in downtown areas, but no matter how well they are marked, people still get hit.

In this picture, you can see the bike path between the two arrows with the sidewalk on the left, closer the the shops:

Bike paths all over Germany, Austria, and France look very similar. So, take a close look at the above picture and keep it in mind when you’re sightseeing — it may save you a trip to the hospital.

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