Few would argue that Germany is known for its cars, as well as for their high-speed roadways. Manufacturers such as
have a well-deserved reputation for building awe-inspiring cars ... which also emit plenty of polllutants into the air. Keeping these facts in mind, we have a hard time imagining German politicians
, let alone bicycles. Still, "It's just embarrassing when all parties preach climate protection and then drive around Berlin in fat
," says Winfried Hermann, the Green Party's transport spokesman. In order to make the transition from Porsche's to pedals, the Green Party wants the
(those with seats in Parliament) to
their current cars for
and to have access to the rental bicycles available in cities across Germany.