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Dedicated cycling paths between towns in Switzerland?

Hello

I'm on a vacation in Switzerland, and I absolutely love it!

I'm in Luzern area, and I'd like to ride a bike between different towns and enjoy the scenery. However I couldn't find any dedicated bike paths, where I wouldn't have to share a road with cars.

I'm from Holland, and we have paths like this everywhere:

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.5471...7i13312!8i6656

I spent half an hour looking at different roads in central Switzerland, and while there are yellow stripes for bikes, it's really not the same thing...
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Old 23.02.2019, 02:46
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Re: Dedicated cycling paths between towns in Switzerland?

People cycle much less here, so designated roads are a rarity, and for certain not between towns, we're spoiled in the Netherlands with those.
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Re: Dedicated cycling paths between towns in Switzerland?

This is a good site to start:https://www.schweizmobil.ch/de/veloland.html


I try to avoid the yellow strip lanes on busy roads. It is better to have a touring/mountain bike capable of handling gravel paths. Local walking maps are also a great idea - cyclists on Wanderwege is a grey area - I have had no problems travelling slowly and always giving way to those on foot.
From Luzern there is a great route through to Küssnacht above rather than round the lake -the other side is really mountainous and the lakeside roads are dangerous on a bike
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People cycle much less here, so designated roads are a rarity, and for certain not between towns, we're spoiled in the Netherlands with those.
I wonder if it's going to change after the recent pro-cycling referendum.
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Re: Dedicated cycling paths between towns in Switzerland?

I think setting up a first class cycling infrastructure would be perfect here. It's a small beautiful country that the resources to do so.

I've noticed there are a lot of cars here. And after some research it turned out people are actually switching away from public transportation to cars in the recent years.
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I wonder if it's going to change after the recent pro-cycling referendum.
More, yeah perhaps also since it is very cheap. As much as in the Netherlands.. Never I'd say. One of the reasons of bicycles being such a success in the Netherlands is that the country is so flat, so biking is excellent for everyday use. I live in Zürich but from center to my home gives an elevation of a minimum of 150mtrs, so no thanks. I love cycling, but doing that after a day at work is not my thing.
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I live in Zürich but from center to my home gives an elevation of a minimum of 150mtrs, so no thanks. I love cycling, but doing that after a day at work is not my thing.
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Re: Dedicated cycling paths between towns in Switzerland?

Many wanderweg allow cyclists. Try here: https://map.wanderland.ch/?lang=en&b...1750&N=1189000

Do be polite and considerate to hikers.
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I've noticed there are a lot of cars here. And after some research it turned out people are actually switching away from public transportation to cars in the recent years.
We are down to only four cars and seven motorcycles for the two of us. Public transport is not an option.

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Re: Dedicated cycling paths between towns in Switzerland?

For the two of us....


- 2 cars ( on a shared number ).
- 3 velomobiles
- 2 recumbents
- 2 mountain bikes.
- 2 up'd ( i.e. "normal' bikes)
- 1 rowing bike
- 0 motorbikes




definitly need to stock up on the bicycle front, we are below our long running average.


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Re: Dedicated cycling paths between towns in Switzerland?

Also very important to realize :


Dutch cycling infrastructure has not always been there : it came to be after serious protests in reaction to the explosion in road deaths in the early 70's.


i.e. there has to be a will to invest in this. "lack of space" etc are just stupid excuses not do do anything. Still cannot see this change in CH.




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We are down to only four cars and seven motorcycles for the two of us. Public transport is not an option.
Why ever not?
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i.e. there has to be a will to invest in this. "lack of space" etc are just stupid excuses not do do anything. Still cannot see this change in CH.
There's no will to do it. Most people here don't see cycling as another form of transport to get them to work, to the shops and so on but as a form of recreation.

People love their large-engined Audis, Merc and BMWs too much.
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There's no will to do it. Most people here
Depends exactly on the location of "here". There's a huge number of cyclist commuters in Basel, for example.
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Why ever not?
10 minutes private, 1-2 hours public.

And nothing after 7PM.

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Depends exactly on the location of "here". There's a huge number of cyclist commuters in Basel, for example.
Still little compared to the Dutch.

And yeah it is a combination of things, The Netherlands are more flat, off course we cycle more due to the infrastructure, but before this infrastructure existed we already cycled a truckload, public transport in Switzerland is of a higher level, also the Dutch might be more tempted by the money it saves to use a bike. And in towns the bike is very often faster than public transport or a car, and also nice where it is hell to find a parking spot in centre you can just park the bike almost everywhere you please. It is just an ideal combination of things.
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