• Jul 20, 2010
German pedestrians flood the Autobahn – click above to watch the video

The Germans certainly know how to do a block party. According to the BBC, residents between Duisburg and Dortmund have closed 40 miles of the famous Autobahn for one massive street festival. Organizers of the event handed out 20,000 tables in order to help create the longest table in the world as part of the celebration. At some point, the road was even closed to cyclists due to congestion.

Near as we can tell, the whole event was held to celebrate the Ruhr region as part of the area's nomination as the Cultural Capital of Europe, 2010. Residents came out in droves to participate in everything from singing and dancing to street shows to mark the occasion. We're guessing there was plenty of good food on hand, too. Sounds like a pretty good time to us, but we have a hard time believing that anyone on this side of The Pond would be okay with shutting down the 405 for a similar summer shindig. Check out some video footage of the big party on the Trans Europe Express – complete with appropriate Kraftwerk soundtrack – after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Gary!

[Sources: BBC, YouTube]]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have Autobahn's everywhere.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Velo-Power rocks!
      We need a little more collective holiday shut downs & 2 wheel fun in the U S too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You are aware that driving a hybrid is worse for the planet than driving a twenty year old truck, right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A portion of the Bronx River Parkway in Westchester New York is open to bicyclists, joggers, walkers, for a few Sundays in September. Its a great ride with no traffic and limited stops.

      http://www.countycenter.biz/BikeSkateSundays.htm
      • 4 Years Ago
      People on the 405 would be going faster during something like this than in daily traffic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree riding a bike at the 405 and 10 would be faster. It is a parking lot every day at rush hour. Even late at night its bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ohh kraftwerk, what would music be without you :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      is it my pc or is AB the one with the problum i cant get thru a simple 1 minet vid without at least 7 to 10 stops it happens the most on AB rarly any other place drop me a reply if you have an answer thanks
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anybody ever play Carmageddon?