Sunday, April 6, 2014

Riding a Bike in Berlin

Spring has arrived in Berlin, and that means, it's bicycle time. Flat topography, dedicated bicycle lanes, and alert automobile drivers make this city ideal for cycling. However, narrow streetcar rails, broken glass scattered on the streets, and wayward pedestrians pose problems for the Berlin cyclist.

During the last two days, I've witnessed three bicycle accidents: a cyclist hitting a tourist that had wandered into a bike lane, a bike getting caught in a streetcar rail, and a cyclist sliding into a crowd of people. So when riding a bike in Berlin, always be cautious and always wear a bicycle helmet! Just because Berlin is bicycle friendly doesn't diminish the dangers associated with riding a bike in a big city.

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