Berlin police are deploying decoy bicycles with GPS trackers to catch bike thieves. It's already worked several times. Soon you'll be able to register your own bike GPS details. It might help reduce the 30,000 bike thefts reported annually.
In more bike news, little green arrows will be installed on several Berlin traffic signals. They permit right-turning bicycles to go through a red light.
Starting this month, dogs have to be on a leash in public. But there's a huge list of exceptions - if you have a dog license, if you had your dog before 2016, or if you're walking on a wasteland.
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#42 Get Used to the U-Bahn Squeeze
The U-Bahn announcement about "trains running at irregular intervals" is becoming quite regular. Passenger numbers are up by 20% in the past decade, while carriage numbers are falling. Replacement trains won't be ready until 2021.
How safe is your restaurant? Berlin health authorities handed out warnings to 26% of the eateries it inspected last year. In Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, the failure rate was 50%. But most passed after a second inspection.
Low-grade cannabis is on sale in Berlin spaetkaufs. It's not real weed, but rather the leaves from hemp plants grown for producing textiles, with low levels of THC and CBD. Police will have to decide if the loophole is legal.
Berlin Tierpark has another new baby polar bear. The last one, named Fritz, died after just 26 days. Zoologists think a mouse may have infected him with a virus. Did you know Radio Spaetkauf also produces monthly hour-long live shows? You can hear them by subscribing to our other podcast feed. Searching for Radio Spaetkauf (without umlauts) in your podcast catcher. Or simply click here and subscribe: https://apple.co/2UWO3Nn
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#41 Keep Berlin Colourful
Billboards have gone up encouraging people to voluntarily leave Germany. The Interior Ministry - run by the CSU's Horst Seehofer - is offering to pay up to twelve months living expenses back where you came from. The multi-lingual ads have been attacked with paintballs and 'refugees welcome' tags. Dan's take: freedom of movement is good, especially if paid for by the German state, but only if it goes in both directions.
It's Christmas market season. Festive lights have gone up along Unter den Linden, paid for by Lidl. But the city's heritage protection department says they are too multi-coloured. Are only white lights allowed now in Berlin?
Berlin will get a new public holiday in 2019 - May 8, also International Women's Day. It means seven of ten public holidays will occur in the first half of the year.
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#40 Google F#€ks Off
Google has abandoned plans to open its so-called Campus in Kreuzberg. This follows a long campaign by anti-gentrification activists. Stickers and squatting still work. Armed robbers held up a cash delivery van near Alexanderplatz, but fled empty-handed after their getaway car got a flat tire. Police suspect an eastern European gang as they used AK47 guns. Are you one of the 60,000 Berliners without health insurance? The city is opening a center to help provide emergency care and get you signed up. It's at the Stadtmission am Hauptbahnhof. More info here: https://bit.ly/2Przf9i This weekend take a look inside the unfinished U-Bahn station at Unter den Linden, which will eventually connect the extended U5 with the U6. It’s open until 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Come along to our live recording in front of an audience at Prachtwerk in Neukölln on Sunday October 28. Doors open at 5.30pm, the show starts at 6pm, entry is free. This show was presented by Joel Dullroy and Daniel Stern, and brought to you by radioeins.
#39 Free Haircuts for Tall Men
TV series Babylon Berlin is searching for 3000 extras, but bearded men need not apply. You must be over 1.86 meters tall and be prepared to get a 1920s haircut. Maisie is thrilled about the mass make-over of Berlin blokes. Sign up at Agentur Filmgesichter. The Berlin Wall is being rebuilt to create a totalitarian theme park in Mitte. The art project Dau will submit visitors to mild oppression and screen lengthy films. It will run from from October 12 til November 9, when the "Wall" will be demolished. Couldn't they use it to patch up the East Side Gallery? Algae is blooming in Berlin lakes post-heatwave. But don't worry, it's still safe to swim. The Berlin health authorities have tested the water and found no deadly blue-green algae. Meanwhile, Alternativ für Deutschland leader Alexander Gauland is now pushing a new and rather bleak right-wing position, acknowledging the reality of climate change but saying humans can't do anything about it. Is this the start of 'climate change