Traffic-free bike paths are an important way to make cycling in the city fun and safe for riders both young and old. In Aachen, a vibrant student city in northern Germany, a network of bike routes is opening that will connect the city’s districts to the centre. The routes will be as car-free as possible, occasionally using side streets with minimal traffic. Whether you want to ride to work, university or school or just want to go shopping, you may prefer to reach for your bike rather than your car thanks to the new priority cycle routes. The cycle lanes adhere to the city’s high standards under the campaign ‘Made in Aachen’.
The routes carve through urban areas of the city as well as green stretches such as beautiful parks, lush meadows, and along the picturesque Wurm River. From your saddle, you can enjoy the pretty landscapes, admire the city’s impressive architecture, and stop spontaneously at a cafe or in green nature. You can make your way to your destination completely relaxed and happy.
Intensive planning and construction are already underway on the first four routes, which will be completed one section at a time. We’ll present the routes here in this Collection.
On the Eilendorf cycle priority route, you can comfortably cycle from the Eilendorf train station to the Elisenbrunnen in downtown Aachen.To start with, you are on the bicycle road set up in 2020 in the Eilendorf district, which leads you past the Eilendorf district office onto the Vennbahnweg. Here you cycle on the footpath and bike path through the lush green, far away from traffic, to Rothe Erde station.From now on you roll again on bicycle streets that lead you through the Frankenberg district with its imposing city villas. If you have time for a break, it is worth stopping here in Frankenberger Park, where you can treat yourself to a delicious ice cream on hot days.Then it goes on through the Suermondtviertel. Shortly before you reach the Elisenbrunnen, you are even allowed to roll through a pedestrian zone that is open to bicycle traffic.
The bike priority route Campus Melaten brings you from the inner-city core area of RWTH Aachen University to the outer campus areas Hörn and Melaten. You mainly cycle on bicycle roads and not usable by cars.The cycle-priority route is being continuously expanded to make it bike-friendly, but you can already use it today. If you come across a construction site, you will find a signposted diversion for cyclists.It starts right at the historic main building of the university next to the striking Super C building. Via the car-free Schinkelstraße you come to a bicycle street and drive along the huge C.A.R.L lecture hall center to the Westbahnhof. After a short drive, you leave Seffenter Weg on Kopernikusstraße and roll almost car-free past impressive new buildings of RWTH Aachen University to Ahornstraße. A decade-long gravel road was freshly paved for the 2020 cycle priority route.From Halifaxstrasse it is a stone's throw over the newly created bicycle lanes to the Melaten Bridge, which is only for pedestrians and cyclists. The cycle priority route ends there, but the low-car "Campus Melaten" opens up with old and new, private and public research facilities. You can drive through meadows through the Raven Valley to the Netherlands.
Incidentally, Aachen's bicycle learning center is on the northern edge of the Melaten campus in the beautiful fire department training area “Floriansdorf” by the large fire station.
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From the Brand district you can take this cycle priority route directly into the city center to the Elisenbrunnen. It starts at the market square in Brander. From here you always roll slightly downhill towards Brander Wall. The green area is ideal for a break, during which you can enjoy a wonderful view.Continue under the motorway towards Rothe Erde station. Then you dive into the Frankenberg district and can marvel at the magnificent city villas that line the streets. Towards the end of the route you roll through a pedestrian zone that is open to cyclists and shortly afterwards you reach the Elisenbrunnen.The cycle-priority route is being continuously expanded to make it bike-friendly, but you can already use it today. If you come across a construction site, you will find a signposted diversion for cyclists.
The Haaren / Verlautenheide cycle priority route takes you from the Verlautenheide district via Haaren to the Aachen city center at the bus station.It starts in the Endstraße in Verlautenheide. On a gently sloping route you roll out of the village and are soon surrounded by green meadows and mighty trees. After you have crossed under the Autobahn, you will come to Haaren.Here you meet the Wurm and follow the river on a beautiful bike path to Europaplatz with its imposing fountain. You then approach the city center through the Rehmviertel and soon reach Peterstrasse, where the route ends near the bus station.The route can already be used today, with individual sections gradually being expanded to make it bike-friendly in the future. Therefore, construction sites are possible along the route. In this case, a diversion recommendation for bicycle traffic is signposted.