German version of one of my videos

You can now see one of my videos with a narration in German. Many of my videos already have subtitles in a range of languages, but in Germany people are not accustomed to reading subtitles. They are used to hearing their native language even when they are watching foreign films and documentaries. My German is quite good – I have lived in Germany and I use German almost on a daily basis with friends via the internet – but I never felt confident enough to translate my own work into German. That is why I was happy to take up the offer of Bas Bergervoet to translate my video in German. Bas is Dutch but he lives in Germany and he had narrated videos in German before. I am quite happy with his narration and after hearing it, I decided to keep his version instead of trying to do it myself. Bas has also written a post (in German) to go with this video.

I know a lot of Germans already follow my blog and can read and understand English quite well, but I think it is great that they and other people in Germany (and other countries where people speak German) can now take notice of what we are doing here, in their neighbouring country, the way they are used to, in their native language.

I don’t rule out the possibility that more videos will follow.

Kreuzungsdesign in den Niederlanden; Radfahrer inbegriffen

My original post and video in English.


8 thoughts on “German version of one of my videos

  1. How about a Danish version of one of your videos, if you know any Danes who could narrate them?

  2. In Germany there is a strong opposition against protected cycles paths, it’s very frustrating. Even where people are not hostile to cycle paths, many feel that they should stop at junctions.

    There even have been big petitions against cycles paths signed by thousands of people. These petitions at first look seem to only target the obligation to use a cycle path (the “Radwegebenutzungspflicht”) but don’t be deceived: If you read a bit deeper you’ll find accusations that cycle paths are dangerous, that they are to blame for accidents and so on.

    True, we have our share of horrible cycles paths in Germany, but on many streets I’m happy that these bad ones even exist. Because we also have many streets totally without protection for cyclists, or with cycle lanes like these: http://footils.org/2015/11/23/reker/

    The “solution” the populist anti-cycle-paths activists suggest (“mixing cars and cyclists so the can see each other better”) in the end will lead to more sidewalk cycling and less cycling in general.

    Still, Germany isn’t that bad and in many regards keeps a decent third place in Europe, if you read for example the Ruttgers.edu paper: “Making Cycling Irresistible: Lessons from The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany”, and it’s heaven compared to many other countries. (USA and GB, I’m also looking at you). But if the anti-cyclepath populists continue to lead the pack, Germany will fall behind.

    1. Do you know if this opposition is occurring on a national scale in Germany? I’ve never been to that country, but several of my good friends (Europeans) have traveled to many parts of it and have told me that the cycling levels and ‘culture’ is very noticeably different throughout the country. Apparently the northwest tends to be better overall, and cities like Bremen and Muenster have very high levels, while many cities and towns have way fewer cyclists. I’m curious if the same opposition is springing in these cycling-friendly cities.

      My grad. advisor was German and his feelings about this are that Germany in some ways tries too much to be more like the US, as compared to the neighboring European countries. Their history since WWII probably has a lot to do with that, but if that is why some Germans are starting to echo the VC voices, which is still very strong in the US, and oppose bicycle infrastructure then that is very unfortunate. The US is still way behind when it comes to cycling infrastructure, or infrastructure in general, but some cities have made great strides in trying to be more like the Dutch. It seems like these developments are being completely ignored, while the “ride on the road and mix with traffic” status quo is being copied as if it was the optimal solution. .

      1. In Australia, established vehicular cyclists often denounce or oppose separated bicycle infrastructure. They don’t want to be stuck behind slow old grandma heading to the shops! This is a key factor in the sorry state of affairs in NSW right now, where new laws will only benefit a handful of bold weekend warriors, and the government now have another excuse not to build any safe infrastructure – hey you have a helmet and a 1-metre law, you don’t need a cycle track! It’s a total farce…

        I know nothing of Germany, and doubt this is the case there, however, anti-cycling laws and practices ends up at this end point – the only people on bikes are the sports enthusiasts happy riding at high speeds among cars.

    2. Ah Frank, your words are music to my ears! I’m so tired of hearing all the tired old fallacies about cycleways here, it’s good to find another German who can see beyond their own handlebars. I’m slowly trying to break down these myths too on my German blog ( https://anderebmv.wordpress.com/ ).

      As you say, Germany isn’t as bad as many other places for cycling, but if the VC brigade get their way, it will only get worse. Why would Germany want to emulate the UK, instead of their more successful neighbours?!

  3. I think the Germans need your videos, read some study from Berlin where a majority of cyclists think protected bike lanes are a bad idea and they want US style mixed-traffic in the future 😦

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