How do you say, Straßenverkehrszulassungsordnung?
This post is dedicated to all the linguists on bikes.
One of my good friends from Germany tells me that his country is outstanding at two things: efficiency, and regulation. So it’s not surprising that there are regulations governing the most efficient method of transportation ever invented. Straßenverkehrszulassungsordnung is how Germans say City Bike. Often abbreviated to StVZO, it is the law that regulates the quality and features of bikes used on public roads (as opposed to those used for sport and recreation). StVZO sets out the functional and safety features of a bicycle, and as a result, most bikes sold in Germany are very high quality. We think this is a good thing. When you spend money on a new bike, there should be some assurance that “this machine will meet your needs for everyday transportation.” That’s what the StVZO provides.
What makes a bike Straßenverkehrszulassungsordnung? Features like built-in lights that let you see and be seen on the road, a high-toned bell, two quality brakes, sufficient load-carrying capacity, are all regulated, plus features like a chain guard, fenders, a lock, and a rear rack have become part of the expected package, too. You’ll find these features are standard on many of our bikes in store this year (including ALL the bikes featured on our City Bikes page), making it easy for you to pick a quality bike that comes with all the things you need to start and sustain your everyday bike habit.
Say it with me,