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Bicycling in Munich

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If you are looking for an inexpensive cheap and simple alternative to a car, taxi, or public transportation to get around Munich, cycling is often a good option. The advantages of the bicycle are evident:

● It is environmentally friendly. ● Avoid traffic jams and parking problems. ● Manage your time as there is no timetable like S-Bahn/ U-Bahn. ● Stay fit since cycling is an excellent form of exercising.

It is not surprising that the bicycle has become an indispensable means of transport in this city. Munich is ideal for cycling since there is a total of 80 cycle lanes covering a length of 35 km. However, there are a few things to consider to get from point A to B safely and without problems. First of all, be careful that the functionality and equipment comply with road safety requirements. The equipment required by law includes:

  1. Two independently operating brakes.
  2. Front and rear light (front light: white, rear light: red with integrated red reflector).
  3. A white front reflector (which can be installed in the front light).
  4. A large red rear reflector.
  5. Two so-called “cat’s eyes” (yellow reflectors on the spokes) on each wheel.
  6. Two non-slip fixed pedals, each with two yellow reflectors per pedal.

You will need to ensure all luminaires and reflectors are approved. You must also review the test seal, which consists of an axle and the letter “K” attached.

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In addition to having the proper equipment, you must follow some rules to avoid risks and obstructions. If possible, use the bicycle lane. As a cyclist, you cannot ride on the sidewalks since only children up to the age of 10 are permitted to use them.

Between the hours of 21:00 and 09:00, it is possible to use pedestrian zones as a bicyclist. However, it is essential to be aware that pedestrians have priority, and you should pay particular attention to them. While it is not compulsory to wear a bicycle helmet in Germany, it is advisable to wear one to protect your head, especially in hectic and confusing urban traffic.

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You are not allowed to use your cellphone; otherwise, you can get a fine for 55 euros if you get caught calling or texting with the phone in your hand while riding. You are allowed to listen to music as long as you are not distracted, and you are still able to observe and hear the environment.

What if you don’t have a bike? No problem in Munich! In addition to a large number of shops where you can buy a new or semi-new bike in second-hand markets, there are also many rental stations, such as the MVG. In this case, you can use the “MVG-More” application.

In addition to conventional bicycles, there are other interesting bicycle variants you can also find in Munich.

If you are new in Munich and you would like to take a bike tour, there are special bike tours for new residents, which are organized by Radlhauptstadt München. We recommend you to take a look at their website to find out about their upcoming tour dates, as well as details about the cycle lanes in Munich and other important information.

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Text and images: Alicia Enciso

2019-09-20