Not least is the fact that it takes investment in cycling seriously. Besides spending 80 million euros annually on bike infrastructure, ABC news reports that the German government is putting its weight behind a cargo bike renaissance too:
Transport ministry spokeswoman Birgitta Worringen says more than three-quarters of all journeys in Germany are less than 10 kilometres and cargo bikes can deliver all sorts of uses. "It's a good means of transport which doesn't make any noise or pollution," she said.
To that end the government supported a 100,000-strong conference in Hamburg last year using cargo bikes for promotion and catering. Ms Worringen says afterwards the transport ministry developed a guide.