Berlin could convert nearly 6 miles of space under subway line into covered bike path

June 2, 2017 5:34 pm Last Updated: June 2, 2017 5:34 pm

Cities offer a lot of much-needed opportunities for people in various walks of life, but urbanization often comes at the price of the flora and fauna that once called it home. Let’s just say it is hard to imagine anything living in the subways, except perhaps the rats! One elevated subway in Berlin, however, might just get a lovely bike path filled with greenery underneath it.

The plan is to have the abandoned space under the elevated Berlin U1 subway line transformed into, according to inhabitat, a “grand boulevard for bike traffic.” Reportedly, the space is now pretty much only used for illegally parked cars. The new bike path would run almost 6 miles, stretching along Berlin’s main roads, connecting three districts and various neighborhoods.

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A sketch of what the planned bike trail could look like:

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In addition to helping promote greenery in the area, the main goal is reportedly to “revitalize the former space along the iconic U1 line to a pulsating urban artery. It thereby acts as a playground for modern mobility, innovation and leisure activities.”