The German word for bicycle is Fahrrad, ride bike and the Germans have certainly got the hang of it, which is reflected in the fact that nine percent of all distances are covered by bike. That's 300 kilometres per citizen on annual average. Okay, the Dutch use their bikes three times as much but Germany is closing the gap.
Plenty of bicycle paths can be found in Dusseldorf. The banks of the Rhine also offer wonderful trips, for instance, the Erlebnisweg Rheinschiene leads you along both banks of the Rhine for over 360 kms. Bike paths can be recognised by their typical red colour and one-way streets that can be used by cyclists against the traffic show a sign with a bike and the word frei or free. In many towns, cyclists have their own traffic lights.
Germany is very fond of regulations and there are many specific cycling-laws. You 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 driver’s licenses of those caught with too much alcohol in the blood.
In Germany there is an annual competition to elect the friendliest city for cyclists. Visit Munster and it is easy to see why this city has been chosen more than once. The finest facilities for cyclists are to be found everywhere and rumours are that there are more bicycles than citizens.