Caption: Der Spiegel complains about sales of electric mountain bikes being possibly covered by a subsidy. But when I saw the cobblestone roads and awful bike lanes in and around Berlin, the first thing I wanted was super-fat tires – for safety reasons! Electric support then became necessary because the bike is so hard to get moving. In the photo above, the bike lane is not even wide enough for my bike, and to get off it I have to cross an actual curb some two centimeters high marking the border between the sidewalk and bike lane – where any Dutch city would simply paint a line. Oh Germany… (Photo: Craig Morris)

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