Berlin's new bike path off course?

 

Berlin's Zehlendorf area has a new bike path, but it seems as if it were made for tipsy cyclists who can't follow a straight line any better than the path does.

The new lane closely follows the edge of a walkway along a busy street, but the contractor apparently took his instructions literally and painted right-angle cutouts for trees, tufts of grass and hydrants. Local officials say it can't stay that way and will have to be repainted.

It's only the smallest of Berlin's infrastructure mishaps, well below the level of the subway tunnel that undermined a street, and certainly not in a class with the city's new airport, now at least seven years behind schedule, over-budget and with no clear finish date.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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