A Residential Road in Germany

A Residential Road in Germany
Note how the red brick paths go straight across side roads, giving visual priority to cyclists and pedestrians. The path on the left is shared use, though motor traffic is almost non-existent, despite Germans owning more cars per head of population than the British. The carriageway shows evidence of repairs. It looks like cracks have opened up, but they have been sealed (asphalt joint sealant seems to have gone out of fashion in the UK, leading to patches failing and tramline ruts along the centre of many roads). The sealant prevents water ingress, which is critical because water freezes and expands in winter, creating potholes.

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