Road rage in Berlin as cyclists clog streets in pandemic

It’s rush hour on a grey morning in Berlin and a stream of cyclists are gliding along Friedrichstrasse, the fabled shopping street that runs through the city centre. “Move!” one of them yells after illegally mounting the pavement and charging at a defenceless pedestrian. Bernd Lechner, a 40-year-old insurance clerk, manages to dodge the speeding bike just in time, but he’s had enough of the “increasingly aggressive” attitude of cyclists in the German capital. “It’s getting worse and worse. I’m starting to become more scared of bicycles than of cars,” he said. Berlin has long been known as a bi…

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