The group told a parliamentary hearing that in-line skating was a low-emission, quiet method of transport with only a small degree of risk to other transport users. Some 2m Germans regularly use their skates as a means of transport, according to the Green party, which organised the hearing.
The VCD wants in-line skating to be included in a "sustainability amendment" to German road traffic legislation. It also wants skaters to be allowed to use cycle paths, for these to be widened so skaters can be overtaken safely by cyclists, an expansion of the urban cycle path network, opening of roads to skaters on Sundays, and introduction of more 30 kilometre-per-hour speed limit zones in urban areas.
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