North Sea island: On Helgoland cycling is allowed again – but only for childrenOctober 5, 2018
The island has its own paragraph in the Highway Code: Cycling – prohibited from April to October. From Monday, children are allowed to get their bikes out. But really only the.
On Helgoland cycling is allowed again from Monday – but only for children. In the summer months cycling is prohibited on Germany’s only offshore island, exceptions are only for police, fire and civil protection, for doctors and craftsmen.
There were only a few violations of the regulation this summer. “Sometimes a sailor who did not know about the ban and used his on-board bicycle,” said an island policeman. Statistics are not kept.
From October to April, children up to 14 years on Helgoland can get their bikes out of the shed to learn how to cycle at all. You should not be disadvantaged by continental children just because they live on the island.
Basically, you may own a bike on the island, but not use. Why? “Because it’s so close to Heligoland,” says Oliver Carstens from the district of Pinneberg, to which the island curiously belongs. “Heligoland even has its own paragraph in the Highway Code.” Clause 50 – it consists only of a short sentence – regulates since 1970 that the traffic with motor vehicles and the cycling is prohibited.
Apart from the narrowness: The terrain is not necessarily suitable for cycling. From sea level, the lowlands with the port and one half of the village, it goes on a few paths or stairs up to the Oberland. After all, 50 meters difference in altitude are to deal with, it goes steeply uphill.
The main island of Heligoland has an area of about one square kilometer, in addition there are about 0.7 square kilometers of the upstream dune. Part of it belongs to nature, for example breeding grounds for birds. The rest are shared by the 1500 islanders with 3000 visitors a day in the season.
If you want to be on Heligoland despite a ban all year round on two wheels, you have to take a scooter. That is not prohibited.