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Cycling Monitor Germany 2015

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The new cycling monitor 2015 shows that Germany is also a "cycling nation". More than 76 percent have a bicycle in their household, on average every household owns 2.4 bicycles. The interest in bicycles with electric assistance increases.

Most often mentioned was that the bicycle is used for shopping, everyday journeys, and bicycle trips. More and more it is used also on the daily way to work: 29 percent use the bike on journeys to and from work, in 2013 it was 25 percent.

The cycling monitor also asked about the wishes of the cyclists. In 2015 were on top of the wish list: more cycle tracks, secure bike parking facilities, improvement of the illumination and comfortable cycle paths. Almost 40 percent would like a better "traffic climate" and campaigns for a respectful behavior between all road users.

In 2016, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure provides more than 100 million euros to promote cycling. The budget of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure contains 98 million euros for the construction of cycle tracks along federal highways and 1.3 million euros for the upgrading of towpaths along federal waterways for cycling.

The Cycling Monitor is a biennial survey based on interviews of 2000 Germans aged between 14 and 69 years, conducted by the SINUS Markt- und Sozialforschung GmbH with the collaboration of the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. It is sponsored by funds of the National Cycling Plan 2020.