PHOTO CAPTION: Berlin, Germany street art depicting family on a bike.

Berlin's Bicycling Boom, Ohne Helm

BBC's Berlin bureau is considering buying a bike trailer for their recording equipment given the amazing boom in bicycling taking place in the unified German capital, where bicycle helmets are seldom seen.

Published: 04-Nov-2012

Berlin is enjoying a cycling boom, with miles of new cycle paths and more than half a million bike journeys made every day - but controverisally, a helmet is rarely seen.

The Berlin bureau of the BBC is debating whether to buy a bike-trailer to carry around our recording gear.

Since I am one half of the Berlin bureau of the BBC, what I mean is that I and the producer are debating which sort of trailer to buy.


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