Official paths for cycling in the Rhine Ruhr region can be recognised by their typical red colour. Cities and towns in the region are relatively easy to navigate on two wheels, though distances between them can be quite a challenge on two wheels. One-way streets that can be used by cyclists against the flow of traffic show a sign with a bike and the word free (frei). In many towns, cyclists have their own traffic lights. 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. For example, cyclists should only ride on the right side of the road unless specifically regulated. 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, with some ten percent of all distances covered by bike.