Europa-RadBahn Kleve – Nijmegen: Fast, sporty, climate-friendly and limitless cycling

There is construction going on between Kleve and Nijmegen, where a cross-border long-distance bike path is being made. With the Europa-RadBahn, the City of Kleve and the municipality of Kranenburg will jointly execute the last decisive section where cyclists can travel the roughly 25 kilometres from Kleve to the Dutch City of Nijmegen quickly, healthily and climate-friendly.

In the rural region on the Lower Rhine, many routes that could be taken by bike just based on the route length are instead travelled by car. The fast and easy connection between Kleve and Nijmegen is expected to now facilitate the transition from cars to bicycles. The objective is to mobilise a large proportion of the commuters between the two centres. The Europa-RadBahn is the first cross-border bike path of its kind in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Engine for progress:

  • Climate protection through traffic shift
  • Increased mobility options
  • Health promotion and traffic safety
  • Example for other regions
  • Affordable transport concept compared to new roads for cars

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Photo: Stadt Kleve

The Mayor of Kleve, Sonja Northing (2nd from right), and Kranenburg Mayor Günter Steins (right) presenting the funding agreement of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. In attendance was the delegate from the Dutch municipality of Berg en Dal (2nd from left) and the First Deputy and Treasurer of the City of Kleve, Willibrord Haas (left).

New route for clean mobility

As early as 2015, the municipality of Kranenburg built a bike path in cooperation with the Dutch neighbouring municipality of Berg en Dal. The route connected to the very well-developed network of bike paths around the Dutch City of Nijmegen. The projected eleven kilometre-connection to Kleve will create the best conditions for even more traffic to be brought off the roads and onto bicycles. After completion, universities, city centres, railway stations and tourist destinations will be more readily accessible by bike. The Europa-RadBahn shares a decommissioned railway route between Kleve and Kranenburg with a rail trolley line used in the tourist season. The route is car-free over the entire distance. The cyclists have the right of way when crossing roads – best conditions for making safe and quick progress.

One route for commuters, shopping and leisure

Electrically-run pedelecs (e-bikes) are planned to be used to facilitate the transition from the car to the bicycle. This will help to accommodate the trend towards e-mobility. But the route also offers advantages to the conventional bike and the contemplative cyclist. The new Europa-RadBahn will be three metres wide to guarantee passing in both directions. The new route is made comfortable for all users by rest stops and parking places, as well as a bicycle rental. In urban areas, the route is equipped with LED lights and pedestrian and bicycle paths are visibly separated. This makes the Europa-RadBahn a prime example for similar regions.

Photo: Stadt Kleve

“Fast, safe and eco-friendly: the Europa-RadBahn sets a new standard for cross-border bicycle traffic. This is an important contribution to environmental and climate protection and to sustainable development in the region.”

Sonja Northing, Mayor of the City of Kleve, and Günter Steins, Mayor of Kranenburg

Partners and sponsors

  • Gemeinde Kranenburg
  • Hochschule Rhein-Waal
  • Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BmUB)
  • Landesregierung NRW