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Germany's climate plan: More bike lanes, no car speed limit

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Limiting speeds on German highways to 100 kph

Oh my, I’m not happy unless I’m driving over 100kph here.

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Being stuck on 50km country roads behind people doing 35-40km, decreases my fuel economy by 30%. Speed limit should be 60km.

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Can we trust German Car maker emissions these days ?

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Can we trust German Car maker emissions these days ?

Does that play any role? Grab one of their good cars while you still can, before they’ve become completely de-industrialized there.

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FizzBitToday  07:38 am JST

Limiting speeds on German highways to 100 kph

Oh my, I’m not happy unless I’m driving over 100kph here.

Wir fahren fahren fahren auf der Autobahn. Wir fahren fahren fahren auf der Autobahn.

Kraftwerk said it best.

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Limiting speeds on German highways to 100 kph (62 mph), 80 kph (50 mph) on country roads and 30 kph (19 mph) in town would save up to 9.2 million tons of CO2 a year, the environmental group DUH said.

Impractical speed limits. 120kph on the autobahn minimum. 40kph in towns.

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@starpunk

Kraftwerk said it best.

I'm guessing this is a band. Sorry, don’t know them. But since you went down that road, I’m more of a Bad Motor Scooter by Montrose kind of guy. Stay away from Sammy Hagar (can’t drive 55) solo stuff though. :)

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Below 140 km/h you’re an extremely slow and hated obstacle on the autobahn there. My guess is they know that they cannot change it by whatever rules or legislation, but the government urgently needs the tons of money from the penalties that now can be forced.

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FizzBitToday  05:03 pm JST

@starpunk

Kraftwerk said it best.

I'm guessing this is a band. Sorry, don’t know them. But since you went down that road, I’m more of a Bad Motor Scooter by Montrose kind of guy. Stay away from Sammy Hagar (can’t drive 55) solo stuff though. :)

Kraftwerk is a pioneering German synth band. You probably heard 'Autobahn' (it's from 1974 BION) so many times w/o knowing the classic song title or whodunit. Many people do. It's been used as background music for radio ads, promos, etc. up the yinyang. Many people know it w/o knowing that they do. I didn't put the two-and-two together until I visited the Rock'n'Roll HOF in Cleveland for the first time (Kraftwerk got inducted there last year) then it was 'Eureka!'.

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I wonder how far a Tesla or any other electric car can travel with the driver's right foot to the floor on an Autobahn? Betcha it isn't very far at the kind of speeds they drive at.

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Below 140 km/h you’re an extremely slow and hated obstacle on the autobahn there

Not as bad as an old Renault R4 or Citroen 2CV putzing along at top speed, 90 kph :/ Those things would even back up big trucks.

Two of my three most vivid memories of riding a motorcycle in Europe were on German Autobahns. In one instance I was on a crowded Autobahn running with the flow of traffic, a big Opel Senator next to me with dad causally driving, mom snoozing in the right front seat and two little kids punching each other in the back seat. We were all moving along at about 190 kph. Just the flow of traffic.

The other occasion was early on a Sunday morning I wanted to finally air my trusty '84 BMW K100RS out on an open Autobahn. No traffic, good to go! Was up to a steady 236 kph and this big black Mercedes S class was coming up fast from behind with the left turn signal on, his way of telling me to get the h out of the way. I moved over one lane to the right and has he passed I could see it was some balding dude in his 60's in a 3-piece suit driving a black S class coupe with most of the badges removed so no way to know what engine it had. Dude blew past me like I was parked on the side of the road. Had to be doing at least 250 kph.

The third one was my first experience with an Italian highway tunnel, no concrete lining, no lights, icicles hanging from the ceiling and ice covered cobblestones for pavement, which I entered at what would be a safe 80 kph just across the border in Austria where tunnels are well lit, well paved and dry. 80 kph on ice on a bike is exciting! The next several tunnels were taken at 5kph feet out with a line of angry Italian drivers behind me leaning on their horns. I was too terrified to care.

I still have that same old BMW and it has over 500,000 km on it and it is still perfectly reliable.

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I visited the Rock'n'Roll HOF in Cleveland for the first time (Kraftwerk got inducted there last year) then it was 'Eureka!'.

Sounds nice. I’ve been to Cleveland once only back in 98 and that was to go to a small venue to see a Peter Gabriel / Genisis copy band. That was also Eureka! Great version of The Knife.

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