Friday, October 9, 2015

Bicycle Rail Trail Korbach - Edersee

All we wanted to do was to try out the new 27 kilometer long bike rail trail from Korbach to Buhlen which is almost at Edersee (Eder lake) in Germany`s national park Kellerwald.
After we had spent some time in the center of Korbach where we met a group of protesters against the dislocation of wind turbines in the region, we had to look hard for the beginning of the bicycle trail, which we finally found at the south end of the town. 
There we saw this map with the major bicycle trails between Korbach and the Eder lake.  The dotted line marks the rail trail.

The Korbach - Buhlen rail trail deserves the praise it has received since it was opened in 2013.  We greatly enjoyed our ride on the trail. For good detailed information on the trail I recommend this
web-site by Karl and Alexander Schlemmer:
Edersee Bahntrassenradweg

But now back to the issue of wind turbines.  When we were north of  Korbach we saw many wind turbines scattered over a formerly beautiful mountain landscape.
In the village of  Massenhausen which is a suburb of  the former residence city of the Prince of Waldeck, we saw a wind turbine scratching the village border and annoying the people who live there.  
In the city of Korbach,  we met even active protest. Members of a citizens protest group proudly presented their banner against the dislocation of wind turbines in their home town:
From a bicycle tourist point of view, wind turbines are spoiling the view of a beautiful landscape.
But our protesters had a stronger argument.  In their opinion, energy from wind turbines does not pay.
Economically it makes sense only when government regulations guarantee subsidies that are financed by all energy consumers.
We realize that this grass roots protest in Korbach as well as many others in the country are the result of a national  energy plan which was adopted in Berlin when the nuclear plant catastrophy in Fukushima, Japan, shocked the world.
Germany decided to gradually close down all her nucler power plants.  The resulting energy loss is to be compensated by electricity generated in numerous wind parks and by solar panels on many roofs. Corresponding investments have been huge. It seems that we can live with the new sight of roofs with solar panels but not so much with gigantic wind turbines milling in residential areas and over beautiful mountain landscapes.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Anna rents a cargo bike for free

Anna from Cologne, Germany, is happy about the local bicycle association's cargo bike rental service.

The "General German Bicycle Association", ADFC in Cologne rents cargo bikes for free.

Anna's transportation problem this weekend was too much for a folding bike.  She had to go on a one hour bicycle trip to reach her farming plot outside Cologne for the potatoe harvest and for the potatoes' transport back home.

The ADFC cargo bike did a great job.  And the best about it:  It's free.

Here is some technical information just in  case you are located in Cologne and interested in renting.
Length: 2,43 m, width: max. 59 cm, cargo box: appr.  65 cm long, 47 cm wider appr. 51 cm high, made of aluminium, cover with lock, waterproof.
Weight of  vehicle: 23 kg, transport capacity (including driver): 200 kg‎

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

They did Cologne, Germany, in 15 Minutes

                                         Photo by Thomas Wolfe,

They "did" Cologne, Germany, in 15 minutes. 

 Believe it or not, the other day some friends of mine  from 
abroad were on a tourist trip in Europe. Coming from Frankfurt, where they had arrived by plane, they were on a bus trip to Luxemburg for the night.  In Cologne they stoppend in front of the Cathedral.  

The tour  guide allowed them a stay of exactly 15 minutes - time enough for taking a souvenir picture. If they had brought   folding 
bikes along, they could have seen the historic City Hall as well.