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ON AND OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - BERLIN

Map of cool free things to do in Berlin | Another CS specific guide can be found here | To get a real free tour guide of the hidden treasures of Berlin check | For a guide to the cycle lanes and route planning | A guide to free events going on in Berlin
ON and OFF the beaten track sightseeingTemplehof airportWhere: NeukollnTreptower parkWhere: Treptower Mauer parkWhere: PrenzlauerbergFlea market and karaoke on Sundays Gorlitzer parkWhere: Kreuzbergcheck out Edelweiss bar (also dark mini-golf)  Maybachufer Turkish marketWhere: KreuzbergTuesdays and Fridays onlyBest deals on fruit and vegetables after 18:00 when the stalls are closing up  Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-ZentrumWhere: Mittearchitecture is amazingNo bags allowed in library - lock your bags in locker room downstairs (small lock required - eg luggage lock)Kopi 137 squatWhere: KreuzbergFriday afternoons is bike repairing - tell them BikeSurf sent you :-) TeufelsbergWhere: GrunewaldPanorama over Berl…
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Upcoming BVG and Polizei bicycle auctions - a great way to get your own bike.

Some of you may not have been in Berlin long enough to hear about the bicycle auctions that happen on behalf of Polizei and BVG every two months. Those bikes that are not claimed by their owners after an allotted time are sold off to the highest bidder at these auctions.
Having attended many of these auctions, I recommend the Polizei auctions as they are more organised and have a larger number of bikes on offer.

The benefits of buying a bike in this manner are:
cheap bikes - cheaper than flohmarktsproof of receipt - means you can sell off bike later more easilynot supporting bicycle theftit's an exciting atmosphere and gives you a buzz when you're the highest bidder  It is best if you go there with someone who knows what to look out for in buying a second hand bike, as they are of varying quality and a little bit about how numbers sound in German is a plus.

If you contact us at BSB, we may be attending and be able to help you out in choosing a suitable ride.

The next BV…

BikeSurfBerlin information poster

Wonderful information poster, courtesy of Raelina and her US friends.

Feel free to print, distribute or send to all your friends or other interested parties. This will help BSB become even bigger in 2014 and hopefully inspire others to set up similar projects elsewhere.

The Council of Europe presents BikeSurfBerlin

BikeSurfBerlin was invited to present the project by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in early November, in a conference (Responding Together) seeking to raise awareness and encourage networking between various sharing projects throughout Europe. We were privileged to be invited and, ever eager to share our idea, we (Elly, Rachel, Olga, Patrick & Graham) took 14 hour's worth of cheap trains to reach Strasbourg. Deciding to CouchSurf with some fantastic hosts there, proved to be a wonderful chance to get an insight into the city from the very off.


All those flags at the Palais de'Europe, rigorous security and real-time international interpreters told us that BSB had gotten European recognition.

We spent two days at the conference, listening to representatives from other sharing initiatives discuss the importance and logistics of setting up their respective projects. We also had the opportunity to take centre stage and present BSB and its progress to date. The BSB scrap…

BikeSurfer waxes lyrical about BSB

(In response to a request for his opinion of the BSB experience for a newspaper article).

Hello D****,

I am from the world.

To arrive in a city and be the master of your own destiny, to arrive in a city and become better acquainted with the precipices and crevices of all the kiez, riding East to West across a city once home to the 20th century's most infamous garden hedge dispute all while sparing oneself of the cumbersome, extortionate degradation they call public transport; all this is priceless.
That a priceless service is without cost should not be regarded a coincidence. The widely held belief that remuneration is the inspiration for inspiration, that moolah means innovation, to my mind at least, is suspicious and I daresay when BikeSurf is successfuly rolled out around the world, those suspicions would go some way to being confirmed.

My real name is Tanzen Spinoza. Emeka is a stage name. I should like my real name to be attributed to any quotes. Should you wa…

Practical Theorist blog - we are already hooked ;-)

Looking up for some inspiration? Here's one for you: http://www.practicaltheorist.com/

This blog was launched not so long ago, and presents cool art, books and films, ideas and amazing projects... the latest article is about BikeSurf.

For us it was a pleasure talking to Oliver, the one behind the blog, and we expect to get inspired by more ideas from the blog!