The ‘German Unity Cycle Path’ connects the former federal capital Bonn with the modern-day seat of government, Berlin. All along the 1,100 kilometre-long route there are ‘bike stops’, which are designed to offer cyclists regular stops. Their design concept has shaped the entire path – and unifies the two historical cities. Besides these ideals of unity, the bike stops also stand for distinctiveness – meaning you will surely recognize them again – and flexibility. Their modular structure results from the latter. The bike stops can be assembled from several components depending on the local conditions and required equipment in each case – yet never lose their distinctiveness.
Among their modern functions are Wi-Fi, charging facilities for power-assisted bicycles, drinking water taps, a service point with repair kit and air pump, luggage and charging lockers as well as bicycle boxes. To this can be added standard equipment such as bicycle stands and waste bins, route information, and protection from the weather with seating and lighting (photovoltaics possible). The ‘German Unity Cycle Path’ was the brainchild of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. It is part of the ‘German Unity Transport Projects’ to mark the ‘25th anniversary of German unification’. More on these bike stops and the cycle path can be seen at this animiertes Video des Bundesministeriums (Federal Ministry animated video).