Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Two-wheeled Berlin

(Warning: this post contains a bit of non-motorcycle content!) I spent a couple of weeks in Germany and Czech Republic last month, the majority of it in Berlin. Two-wheeled life in Berlin appears to be very good: the car drivers are disciplined and courteous (except the cabbies) as to right-of-way rules, and both human-powered and internal-combustion two-wheelers are allowed to park in just about any available space; sidewalks are very popular.  Bicycles are provided their own lanes on many streets, including their own traffic signals at some intersections. While the most common private conveyance in Berlin is shoes, bicycles come in a close second, followed by cars, then scooters; full-size motorcycles are a very distant 5th place. All this is based on my outsider viewpoint of course; nothing scientific.  

Simson scooters are relics of eastern Berlin's Communist past, and I'm told are quite popular today as resto projects.
Not many places in the States where we can park like this.
Small scooters with top boxes are are so common I think Berlin must issue them to its citizens.
Go ahead, just try to find yours.
Why does USA hate efficient use of space like this?
This could've been a couple of dozen cars taking up space instead.

Traffic signal for the pedal crowd.

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Blogger Unknown said...

I love that old communist-era scooter.

It amazes me how many scoot manufacturers there have been over the years. Sadly, those with the best designs--the most artistic forms--are usually those that are long-defunct.

September 2, 2015 at 1:36:00 AM EDT  

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