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ADFC Bicycle Climate Test 2018

ADFC-Fahrradklima-Test 2018
ADFC-Fahrradklima-Test 2018 © ADFC

ADFC Bicycle Climate Test 2018 - Karlsruhe for the first time the most bicycle-friendly city in Germany

New winning cities in the 2018 ADFC bicycle climate test: Karlsruhe is the most bicycle-friendly city of its size class for the first time. The Westphalian Wettringen is awarded the title of Germany's most family-friendly bicycle city by Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. A drop of bitterness: The bicycle climate, i.e. the satisfaction of cyclists in Germany, has continued to drop slightly from an overall score of 3.8 to 3.9.

Federal Minister Scheuer today honoured the most bicycle-friendly cities and municipalities in the Federal Ministry of Transport:

  • Bremen (3.5) in the category of cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants. Hanover (3.8) and Leipzig (3.9) in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
  • Karlsruhe (3.1) in the class of cities with over 200,000 inhabitants. Münster (3.3) and Freiburg (3.4) in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
  • Göttingen (3.3) in the class above 100,000 inhabitants. Erlangen (3.4) and Oldenburg (3.5) in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
  • Bocholt (2.4) in the class above 50,000 inhabitants. Nordhorn (2.6) and Konstanz (3.1) in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
  • Baunatal (2.7) in the class above 20,000 inhabitants. Ingelheim am Rhein (2.7) and Rees (3.0) in 2nd and 3rd place respectively
  • Reken (2.0) in the class below 20,000 inhabitants. Wrestling (2.0) and heek (2.4) in 2nd and 3rd place.

Compared to Karlsruhe, the ancestral winner city of Münster fell slightly behind in the ADFC Bicycle Climate Test 2018 because, in the opinion of the respondents, not enough has been done recently in Münster to promote bicycles. Lack of parking facilities and frequent bicycle theft were also critically assessed.

Background on the ADFC bicycle climate test

The ADFC Bicycle Climate Test is the largest non-representative survey on the satisfaction of cyclists worldwide. In the autumn of 2018, 32 questions on bicycle friendliness were asked nationwide via an online survey - for example, whether cycling is fun or stressful, whether cycling paths are kept free from parking offenders and whether cycling feels safe even for families with children. More than 170,000 citizens took part in the survey and assessed the situation in 683 cities and municipalities. Only 15 percent of the participants are ADFC members. On 9 April 2019, the ranking list of the most bicycle-friendly cities in six size classes will be presented. The individual assessments give cities the opportunity to find out where things are going well - and where there is potential for improvement in bicycle friendliness.

The bicycle climate test took place for the eighth time in 2018. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) funded the ADFC Bicycle Climate Test 2018 with funds of the National Cycling Plan (NCP).

The complete results of the ADFC Bicycle Climate Test 2018 can be found at (in German) . The ranking list of the most bicycle-friendly cities can be found under the "City ranking" (Städteranking) tab. The results of individual cities are available in pdf format by zooming on the map or entering the city name.

About the ADFC
The German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC) with more than 175,000 members is the largest interest group representing cyclists in Germany and worldwide. It provides advice on all aspects of cycling: law, technology and tourism. Politically, the ADFC is committed to the consistent promotion of cycling at regional, national and international level.