Apparently, one of the most traditional demonstrations is no longer possible without a hashtag: “Get on your bike –
Apart from that, a lot promises to be like before at this demo, which, with more than 20,000 participants, is one of the largest and for many the most enjoyable of the year: You can cycle without a mask again, and it’s also getting pretty warm – but not brooding hot nor thundery like all too often.
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The common goal of the 18 routes is the environmental festival at the Brandenburg Gate. This is planned from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and can also be visited separately if you do not arrive by car. Because this is probably the most impractical means of transport on Sundays to get through the city.
All branches of the rally lead from the surrounding area through the outskirts into the city via main roads. The stronger the flow of cyclists, the longer the routes remain closed to motorists, i.e. several hours in the city center according to experience. The affected routes can be seen in detail on the interactive graphic that the ADFC has put online.
The routes coming from all directions come together in Berlin to form two main strands. One leads via the Avus from Kreuz Zehlendorf to City-West, the other via the A100 from Neukölln and Tempelhof.
Both strands come together at Dreieck Funkturm and follow the city motorway to the Kaiserdamm exit. This means a significantly longer passage on the A100 compared to previous years – and compensation for the ban on driving through the Britzer Tunnel.
It was one of the highlights of the tour for years, until the police banned the route in 2021 due to safety concerns. In the event of a panic, there were not enough escape routes, so that “a large number of injuries” was to be feared, was the reasoning.
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Now the route coming from the east leads from Neukölln through Silbersteinstrasse and swings onto the city autobahn at the Oberlandstrasse access road. All routes are driven at a family-friendly pace, unless it is one of the exceptions for particularly ambitious people.
One of them starts as an “express route” early in the morning with the announced speed of 25 in Frankfurt (Oder). If you think about it, you should plan for the announced headwind: west, force three to four.
The two night tours, which start the evening before in Szczecin and one hour before sunrise in Dessau, are even more demanding for legs and biorhythms. However, caution and a helmet are strongly recommended not only for long distances, because the risk of accidents in the turmoil is likely to be higher than on a tour on your own.
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As always – with the exception of the Corona year 2020 – there is the children’s route from the Jannowitzbrücke for the youngsters with short legs, which is only driven a little faster than walking pace. But this route is the only one that does not lead over the motorway.
Your destination is also the environmental festival, which can only be visited on foot. The organizers ADFC and Grüne Liga provide parking spaces within walking distance, but everyone should bring a solid lock with them so that they don’t have to walk all the time from now on.