Whether along the River Rhine or into the Black Forest – cycling is in! Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is bicycle-friendly. There are many kilometers of cycle lanes, and many citizens who happily use the opportunity to cycle.
Cycling is healthy, fun and allows you to enjoy a lot of nature and your surroundings. Whether you cycle in your spare time or commute to work by bike, the infrastructure for cyclists is well-developed, in the cities as well as in the countryside.
You will notice that particularly bicycle-friendly cities like Karlsruhe have bicycle parking facilities in the inner city. Cyclists can lock up their bicycles there to keep them safe from thieves. At the same time, it also prevents the pedestrian areas being cluttered with parked bicycles.
Some history: Did you know that the bicycle principle was invented in Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, or in Karlsruhe to be more precise? It was here that the first form of mechanized individual transportation was invented. In 1817, Karl Drais called his timber structure, which weighed in at a hefty 22 kilos, the Laufmaschine, or running machine. Newspapers soon began calling it the Draisine. Today, we all know and appreciate its more advanced form as the bicycle.
Helmets are not yet required by law in Germany. However, it is recommended to protect yourself with a helmet when cycling.