1-21 June

2300 km to save the avenues. Long-distance cycling rally along the German avenue

Like green veins, avenues have been running through the German landscape for hundreds of years. They are not only considered a valuable cultural asset, but also provide a vital habitat for countless animal and plant species and are an essential component in protecting the climate.

The “German Avenue Road” is a symbol for the preservation of this cultural asset. As a green ribbon, it connects the north, south, east and west of the country. Nevertheless, many kilometers of avenues and rows of trees disappear every year, gaps are insufficiently replanted and new trees are not included in road planning.

To bring this issue into the public spotlight, the cycling group “Tour d’Allée” teamed up with BUND Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to organize a long-distance cycling rally along the Avenue Road, the longest cultural road in Germany.

On June 1st 2021, the group of cyclists set off in Varel/Dangast at the North Sea and finished their journey on June 21st in Sellin at the Baltic Sea. The 2300 kilometer long journey led them through 10 federal states in Germany, with 19 stops along the road. The tour helped connect friends of the avenues and was an unforgettable experience for many of the cyclists. Olaf Lies, Minister of Environment in Lower Saxony, was one of many patrons of the project.