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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Bicycle friendly Münster

October 17, 2007

An extensive infrastructure for cyclists exists in Münster (Germany), the result of planning that allowed for bicycles to be an integral part of transportation management in the city.

When the city centre was completely destroyed during the Second World War, city planners allowed for bicycles and buses to be an important part of city traffic.  Since then, the infrastructure for cycling has consistently been improved.

Presently, about 43 percent of trips are made by bicycle, with 48 percent made by car.

Cycling education is given in schools starting in kindergarten at age three.  Courses specifically for children are then taught every year by the police, with children tested at age nine.  Children age 10 and under are required to ride on the sidewalk, as they are in other German cities.

Cycling is one of the most efficient modes of transportation, producing no air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions, and improving local health.  Cycling and improving infrastructure for pedestrians is an approach encouraged for local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  For more information on these and other climate change mitigation strategies, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Münster is one of 22 local governments in Germany that are currently Members of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.   For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Europe, please visit www.iclei.org/europe.

Source:  “Bicycling in Münster, Germany”, at www.geo.sunysb.edu.