Cycle Life Challenge Ride 5: A Referendum and a Flea Market

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and since we were attending a big family celebration in the afternoon, I just did a ride around the ‘hood. My first goal was to sign a referendum on Munich’s bicycle infrastructure. We want more and bigger and better bicycle paths!!! Not just for fun stuff on the week-ends, but so that more people are motivated to ride bicycles instead of driving cars, like they do in Denmark and Holland. Munich has a serious problem with air polution and I would love to see the city spending more on developing an adequate bicycle network.

Here is a poster for a demonstration supporting the referendum

So I went in search of one of the places where I could add my signature to the referendum. I did some google research and found some addresses. The first place was down the road, the Velo Company. On a nice Saturday morning in March they had their hands full. Everyone seemed to want to either buy a bicycle or have one serviced. When I asked where the list was, the young bicycle mechanic didn’t know what I was talking about. So I cycled on.
First stop was the Velo Company

The next place, Joe’s Garage, was a real garage. They just did repairs, no fancy gear or bicycles for sale. I guess I was talking to Joe himself and he had the list out very visible for all customers. Good bicycle shop! I added my John Hancock and was on my way.
Here we are at Joe’s Garage. I wonder why they all have to use English names

On my way home a little flea mark on Elisabethplatz caught my eye and I stopped for a few photos.
Flea market – nothing I wanted to buy but it was cheerful scene
The flea market and playground on Elisabethplatz

And since this is a BLC, I took a picture of my shopping basket – low fat milk for Janos’ breakfast müsli and some daffodils for the breakfast table.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. I have three kids and eight grandchildren - so I'm pretty old. Cycling, photography and walking are my favorite things.

6 response to "Cycle Life Challenge Ride 5: A Referendum and a Flea Market"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: March 31, 2019

    What a delightful purchase. Daffodils on the breakfast table of fresh milk and muesli sounds so civilized!
    I did not realize that you have the same air and auto pollution issues that we have here in the states. I thought Germany might be more “civilized” about that as well.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 31, 2019

      Germans love their cars and many highways, autobahn, don’t have speed limits! I think it’s outrageous. And the automobile industry is a major factor in the German economy so it’s hard to get more support for bicycle infrastructure. Grrr! Denmark is our shining example.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 31, 2019

    Joe’s Garage looks like a great bicycle shop.
    Very good of you to sign the Referendum — hope it is successful.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 31, 2019

      Getting enough signatures would be a small step in the right direction.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: April 1, 2019

    I guess I just assumed all of western Europe would be way ahead of the US, England, Oz, etc with cycling infrastructure. Interesting that you see the Danes as the benchmark and not the Dutch. I’ve not been to either but from what I read/hear, it always sounds like the Dutch set the standard.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 1, 2019

    Good luck on more cycleways. Peoples attitudes will change eventually. hopefully before it’s not too late.

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