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Ranked as the world’s most liveable city in 2012 by Monocle Magazine, Zurich proves once again its innovative approach to urbanism. Velokafi is one initiative that tries to encourage people to adopt alternatives to motorised transportation.
The number of bicycle riders expecting to double in Switzerland’s largest metropolitan area by 2025. Because of these staggering statistics, Zurich’s City Council has created the stadtverkehr 2025 program, which aims to improve the pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, and reduce the increasing motorized traffic flow. Part of this initiative includes the opening of the Velokafi - a sort of ‘drive-in’ for bicycles. Now cyclists can pull right up to the table, and grub down. The temporary facility has been installed by Zurich’s city council on the terrace of the Rathaus Café – a popular local riverside cafe. The velokafi consists of two specially designed wooden docking stations with a table top, and which are constructed as such that cyclists can park their bike and remain seated. Anyone who checks in gets a cup of coffee, courtesy of Rathaus Café and coffee brand Gipfelstürmer.
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