Bicycles have been experiencing a real boom in Germany for some years now. Increasingly entrenched environmental awareness, congested roads, parking problems and better bicycle models (especially with electric motors) have massively increased the popularity of the good old iron horse in the recent past.
The share of road users on two wheels is growing in cities and rural areas. The growing share of bicycle traffic in the total traffic volume is desirable and worthy of support due to its positive aspects for the environment and climate. Cities benefit from better air quality and a better quality of life.
Especially in the cold and wet seasons, the question arises whether existing shelters for passengers, customers and employees offer sufficient space or whether investments should be made in new stops or shelters. To be able to determine the need, we propose a basis for calculation.
Once again, the AGFS (Arbeitsgemeinschaft fußgänger- und fahrrad-freundlicher Städte, Gemeinden und Kreise in NRW) was delighted with a record number of participants: over 700 participants accepted its invitation to the congress in Essen on 27 February.
Traffic safety was the topic at this year’s Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle-Friendly Cities, Municipalities and Counties in North Rhine-Westphalia e. V. (AGFS) Congress which took place on February 21 at the Essen Exhibition Centre parallel to the public “Bicycle” exhibition.
Building a house lies in man´s nature – a few years ago a building society wooed customers for products which should help them to their “own four walls” with this saying. Indeed, there is probably no human civilisation that possessed no structures for protection against rain, snow, cold winds or even burning sunshine – shelters.