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Bicycle route sign

Riding a bike in the Ruhr Metropolis makes sense. Official paths for cycling, of which there are many in the region, can be recognised by their typical red colour. The cities and towns of the region are relatively easy to navigate on two wheels, although distances between them can be quite a challenge. 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 areas, 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. One should, for example, only ride on the right side of the road unless it is specifically regulated differently. Cyclists should not drink when on a bike, since the police can confiscate the driver’s license of someone caught with too much alcohol in the blood.

Known literally as a drive wheel, Fahrrad, the bicycle is highly popular in this country. The fact that the Germans have the hang of it is reflected in the fact that roughly ten percent of all distances are covered by bike. That’s over 300 kilometres per citizen on annual average. The Dutch may use their bikes three times as much but Germany is closing the gap.

The Ruhr has joined other global locations by allowing electric scooters into the urban landscape. Opinions are divided between the approval of a viable option for the planet and dismay at inconsiderate users parking them indiscriminately following a journey. Several brands vie for clients, thus adding to a perceived dilemma.

By Vincent Green, Jul 12 2021

Ministerium für Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen

Stadttor 1
40219 Düsseldorf

+49 211 384 342 72

Beach scene with sunbathers


It may come as a surprise of newly arrived expats that beaches can be found in the Ruhr Metropolis. Fine sand and shingle are ideal for walking, playing, relaxing and picnicking. People flock to enjoy spaces beside the rivers and lakes, especially on warm and sunny summer days. Photo © Ralph Lueger.

Cyclist on narrow modern bridge


Cycling in the Ruhr Metropolis can be enjoyable and most rewarding. Bike paths criss cross the whole of the region and weave their way across most urban areas. Hop on a bicycle to discover quieter city districts or nearby villages. Try riding along the banks of local rivers, in wilder natural spaces or the open meadows of outlying regions.

Original language movies are popular among expats in the Ruhr. Films are frequently screened in English at a variety of cinemas in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version