Hamburg is currently working on a plan that would eliminate the need for cars within the next 15-20 years, making the city a greener, healthier and more pleasant place to live. The city’s proposed Grünes Netz, or “Green Network” will create pedestrian and cycle paths to connect the city’s existing, substantial green spaces, and provide safe, car-free commuter routes for all residents
Additionally, such a network will contribute to the overall health of the city and its inhabitants. The Guardian explained that Hamburg “envisions a network that doesn’t just help residents get from point A to point B in a sustainable fashion,” with city spokesperson Angelika Fritsch adding “It will offer people opportunities to hike, swim, do water sports, enjoy picnics and restaurants, experience calm and watch nature and wildlife right in the city. That reduces the need to take the car for weekend outings outside the city.”
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Bikes rock. They are just a bit hard to carry things on. If you have a car, you chuck anything in without thought. Whereas on a bike, you have to consider weather, weight, wind-bulk and all sorts of variables that might make life tricky.
So when the Oregon Manifest started a competition to improve the ‘utility bike’, we got a bit excited. They tee’d up all sorts of awesome bike builders, designers, thinkers and tinkerers to rethink the way a bike can carry you and your bits. And the results have just landed…