Düsseldorf is rather easy to navigate on two wheels. Official paths for cycling can be recognised by their typical red colour and can be found throughout the city. One-way streets that show a sign with a bike and the word free (frei) may be used by cyclists against the flow of traffic. In most towns, cyclists have their own traffic lights and Düsseldorf is no exception. Motorists are on the whole considerate and prudent except perhaps in dense traffic.
Germany is very fond of regulations hence there are many specific cycling-laws. One should, for example, only ride on the right side of the road unless it is regulated differently. And cyclists should not drink too much when on a bike, since the police can confiscate the driver’s license of someone caught with too much alcohol in the blood.
Known as a drive wheel (Fahrrad), the bicycle is highly popular in this country. Germans have the hang of it, as is reflected in the fact that approximately ten percent of all distances are covered by bike. That’s some 300 kilometres per citizen per year on average. Yes, the Dutch use their bikes three times as much but the Germans are catching up.