Frankfurt am Main – a city at the heart of Europe turning into a cycling city
Welcome to the beautiful city on the Main river, or simply Gude as we say here. You can look forward to a metropolitan city with historic and modern sights. The Kaiserdom, the Römer, St Paul’s Church and the skyline are only a few minutes on foot or by bike away from each other. Internationally renowned museums on both sides of the Main river form a unique centre of art and culture – namely the Museumsufer. Excellent shopping options for all tastes and culinary delights that are as diverse and international as the people living in this city invite you to linger just a little longer. And don’t forget to try the local specialties Ebbelwoi and Handkäs’ or check out the soccer club Eintracht Frankfurt.
This European city of 765,000 inhabitants has a unique skyline in Germany and is a landmark of the FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region (5.8 million inhabitants) that is visible from a distance. As a result of its central location, the most important traffic routes from Germany and abroad have always run through Frankfurt. This is not only true for road, rail and air transport, but also for digital data flows. Frankfurt is also the largest internet hub worldwide. It is also a commercial hotspot and Germany’s most important commuter city. Every day, more than 380,000 people commute to Frankfurt and make it a city with over a million inhabitants during the day.
This also constitutes a major transport challenge. The fact that two thirds of the commuters still enter the city by car shows the high demand for regional action to bring about a transformation towards a sustainable mobility culture.
Cycling is an important component of this transformation. Frankfurt’s citizens are already making a substantial contribution to this. For example, in 2018 the share of cycling in Frankfurt was at already 23 percent. We are excited to see the outcome of this year’s survey, because in the meantime, al lot of progress has been made. In 2019, the City Council took on the impetus of the Radentscheid initiative for better cycling and decided to make Frankfurt am Main a cycling city, in particular by massively upgrading the cycling infrastructure. Since then, a whole range of ground-breaking cycling projects has been implemented. Frankfurt is on the right track, which is also reflected by the city’s good ranking in the German Cyclists’ Association’s rating of bike-friendly cities rating (ADFC Fahrradklima-Test) in 2020 and 2022.
Are you interested in learning more about our activities to promote cycling? Come and visit our cycling portal at radfahren-ffm.de.