Description:

Munich is the third largest city in Germany and is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. Situated on the banks of River Isar and north of the Bavarian Alps, the city is mostly flat and has easy access to the mountains. The summers are warm, but the winters are quite cold, usually bringing snow to the city.

Munich is setting the standard for other German cities. The Bavarian capital has a high modal share, continuosly increasing commuter ridership and the organizational means to accomplish their goals. The city has extensive marketing, several yearly events, and a growing infrastructure network to get citizens out of their car and on a bicycle. Currently, children mostly go to school by either walking or as a passenger in a car. This is one area that Munich could improve upon, to start the habit of cycling at a young age. Organizing advocacy groups, and bicycle promotion in school could increase children riding their bicycle.

Modal split of cycling: 17%
Average length of trips made within the city: Less than 5km

Hardware:
Munich has a relatively high modal share compared to other German cities. The city has a network of dedicated cycling lanes, and shared space in areas where cars drive 30 km/h; some streets marked as ‘play streets’ for children have a car speed limit of 5 Km/h. There is an ample amount of bicycle parking around stores and businesses. A bicycle share system was installed in 2001, and is still being used by both tourists and locals. There are currently no ITS measures in Munich, however, soon there is going to be a pilot project for green waves near the University. Cyclist detection in intersections could be implemented to improve efficiency and reduce delay for bicycle travel. Due to the cold winters, the city could add sheltered bicycle parking to protect bikes in the winter time against snow.
Software:
Commuter cyclists are starting to become the most prevalent type of cyclists in the city. Since Munich is close to various recreation trails, there are many mountain bike and sport cyclists in the city as well. Cyclists mostly cycle on the dedicated cycle paths or in the street in areas where cars drive under 13 km/h. Most cyclists do not wear helmets, and the city’s marketing department is not promoting the use of helmets either. Munich is striving in promoting the use of cycling because the city has cycling events regularly, including free bicycle check 40 times per year. In addition, there is a website and newsletter to provide mobility advice to citizens. Currently, children mostly go to school by either walking or as a passenger in a car.
Orgware:
Munich has strong governance and cooperation with organizations to promote urban cycling. Cycling is present in their urban master plan and there is also a dedicated budget for cycling infrastructure and marketing. The city also has both a city councillor for cycling and a bicycle coordinator. Munich uses national design guidelines when designing their infrastructure, which can benefit the consistency and continuity of the cycling network. Although there is a low number of children cycling to school, the city has both education in primary school, which is organized by the police and secondary schools. There are advocacy groups, which is sometimes included in 3rd party decisions, but is not a requirement. There is also extensive marketing for cycling, which a budget of 1 million euros per year.
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