|Ready to go.
Berlin was still on my shortlist of skate cities, so
when Skate-a-Round organised a trip to the
Berlinparade, I simply had to join the pack. It was a short expedition to explore the
city, skate the first part of the new skate track of the Flaeming 100k, demonstrate in the
Berlinparade and do some speedskating at the Berlin City Skate Night.
With a group of 45 Dutch skater from all over the country we
boarded a royal class streched bus. A huge vehicle driven by Hans, the driver who also
joined us on skates.
Inline Skating on the roads is not allowed in Berlin,
in fact you are equivalent to a pedestrian. So you have to stay on the sidewalks and most
of these are horrible. All kinds of tiles, and a lot of coble stones. Though, there are
some bike tracks you can make use of. In the middle of the night you can do some
outrageous skating on the very smooth asphalt on major roads and burn some rubber at high
We had a great time in Berlin. However, befor you go, check
the web site of the Berlinparade
(www.berlinparade.com) because they were forced to cancel the skate or "Demo"
per 10th of August 2001. The organisation has to fight local politics to get permission
again :-). I wish them a lot of luck.
Note: If you happen to plan to skate on a Wednesday: The
Blade Night Berlin is dead. So there's nothing to skate on Wednesday's.