Hamburg is similar to many cities in the Netherlands who are guilty of simply keeping their status quo intact instead of planning to increase cycling levels.
The city has the most successful bike share in Germany and many residential neighbourhoods give you the impression of being in Amsterdam or Copenhagen, what with the impressive amount of bicycles.
Hamburg’s position in the Index is due to its existing levels of cycling, built up over the past couple of decades more than any current passion for improving.
Locals have figured out the bizarre infrastructure but it is still difficult for visitors to understand how to get around.
There is a latent demand for infrastructure from the brave citizens who insist on modern transport forms.
The eclectic infrastructure designs have to be made uniform and upgraded if Hamburg wants to improve the cycling levels in the city. Separating the cyclists from motorised traffic is paramount. Bike lanes that take up space on sidewalks are unacceptable. Better winter maintenance is another area that needs drastic improvement.