Durch den Radentscheid Bonn bin ich in einer Arbeitsgruppe Tiefbaustandards mit der Verwaltung der Stadt Bonn. Dort diskutieren wir vor allem die Gestaltung von großen Ampelkreuzungen, die Gestaltung von Einmündungen und privaten Zufahrten. Bezüglich der Einmündungen hatten wir neulich einen Ortstermin in Endenich. An der Einmündung der Max-Bruch-Straße in die Endenicher Allee haben wir das Konzept der niveaugleichen Einmündung diskutiert. Hier ist wichtig die teils konträren Bedürfnisse von blinden Personen und Personen im Rollstuhl abzuwägen.
Riding the bike in København feels about the same as in Amsterdam. There are ample bike paths but a high density of cyclists. Adding to that is riding a foreign bike which I feel less confident about than my own. There are no left turns for cyclists, one has to cross the intersection and then wait to go left. This is the cost of having a separate bike infrastructure in the right side of the roads. At this point I was unsure whether I liked this.
As København is not that far away, I thought about taking the train there. A quick search with Deutsche Bahn showed that a single trip would cost around 160 EUR and would take around ten hours. A reasonable surplus for being environmental friendly is worth paying for me, but there is a point where this surplus becomes outrageous. Then I researched flight connections from close by airports and the only affordable direct flights from Köln-Bonn airport are actually the cheapest ones operated by Ryanair.
I needed a bike to get around the city. What fun would it be to go around the world's leading bike city without one? I have checked for a bike rental system and found multiple ones. There is the Bycyklen system which rents electric bikes by the minute or hour. I have registered online already and was told that I could then unlock the bikes with just my contact-less credit card. The hostel also told me that they rent city bikes, but I could not have reserved.
For the trip to the park recommended by the locals I rented a Bycyklen electric bike and started off to Chris's girlfriend's place. It did not take long and I was annoyed by all the slow moving people. The separated bike lanes are fixed in width and usually two bikes for next to each other. Passing is somewhat risky, especially with parking cars to the left. Most of the time one could pass. So if Bonn should ever undertake steps towards becoming a bike city, imagine that, they should be careful to have the bike paths wide enough for passing. Otherwise one is stuck behind some slow rider. At this stage I am not exactly sure what I want. Wide separated bike paths are very nice, riding feels nice. But when the city does not dare to take space and use it for cyclists, having no bike lane might actually be preferable to a narrow bike path as I can then pass people. Not being passed by cars is a plus, though.