A View From The Cycle Path)
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A great weekend in Germany. The Big Oldenburg Recumbent Meeting and a piece about “Bike Culture”
It’s a few months now since I first read about the Großes Oldenburger Liegeradtreffen (big Oldenburg Recumbent Meeting). That this event was going to happen came at me from three directions at once: It was listed on the ligfiets.net website, and two friends who also had an interest (Theo who is local and Klaas who I know from Cambridge but who now lives in Oldenburg).
Thanks to the Schengen agreement, cycling to Germany is no problem at all. There’s no checkpoint, there are no customs officials, you don’t have to show your passport. At the border there are a few signs and the cycle-paths and roads look a bit different on either side. Having grown up on islands from which it wasn’t possible to reach a border without a ship or aeroplane, it still gives me a bit of a thrill to be able to cycle to another country.