Tag des Fahrrads – The Day of the Bicycle

Sunday, 24th February, 2013 sees the return of “Oberursel fährt ab – Tag des Fahrrads” – an event organised by the town itself in co-operation with the ADFC.

Billed as a “bicycle and tourism fair”, the Stadthalle will play host to a combination of presentations, discussions, and a selection of stands from local dealers and tourism outlets.

The fair open at 11am, with a flea market for used bicycles taking place between 11.30am and 12.30pm.  Bicycles for sale have to be registered in advance on www.oberurselfaehrtab.de.

The first talk starts at 12pm.  The topics that will be covered during the afternoon are:

  • Pedelecs and Electric Bicycles
  • Regional tours
  • Route planer and a system for reporting problems with cycle routes
  • Pedalogie – the psychology of the cyclist
  • Safe riding
  • Innovative gears

There will also be a discussion on the practicalities of going shopping in Oberursel by bicycle in which both the mayor and a representative of local businesses will take part.

Paul Needham (ADFC), Hans-Georg Brum (Mayor), Patrik Schneider-Ludorff (ADFC) and Stephan Remes (Town marketing) with the poster for Oberursel fährt ab

Paul Needham (ADFC), Hans-Georg Brum (Mayor), Patrik Schneider-Ludorff (ADFC) and Stephan Remes (Town marketing) with the poster for Oberursel fährt ab

The Taunus Information Centre and the Vogelsbergkreis will have stands highlighting the tours that can be carried out by bicycle in the area, whilst amongst the local bicycle dealers there will also be a new stall this year selling clothing for cyclists.

Finally, there will be a chance for cyclists to have their bicycle “coded” so that it can be identified and returned to them if it is stolen.  In addition to the engraving, each bicycle will have a QR-code attached to make identification easier.

Entry to the “Oberursel fährt ab” costs €2 per person, with free entry for children up to 12 and child-care facilities will be available thanks to the charity Kindertagespflege MOBILÉ e.V.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at City Zweirad (Korfstraße 2), City Bike & Fun (Holzweg 15), Zweirad Müller (Zimmersmühlenweg 81), as well as at the town hall and the Tourist Information Centre at the Hohemark.

Bicycle coding costs €15 and anyone wishing to have this done should bring along their ID card and proof of purchase.

Over a thousand people came to the event last year.


About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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