The bike: queen of the road in the Grand Duchy
Electric bikes for rent, a network of cycle paths, a bonus for the purchase of a bike... Luxembourg is rolling out the red carpet to get you back in the saddle and develop a softer mobility.
The inhabitants of Luxembourg-City are definitely getting on their bikes. "More and more customers want to use the bike as a daily method of transportation," according to the “Arnold Kontz” bicycle shop in the city. From a peaceful capital at the weekends, Luxembourg-City turns into a busy business centre during the week.
Of course, saving time instead of being stuck in a traffic jam is a great incentive to switch to the bike, but during the Covid 19 pandemic, the bike has taken on a completely new significance. Whether it is to take your children to school or to get to work faster, this means of transport is becoming increasingly popular in order to avoid being close to other passengers and thus a possible contamination.
In addition, the Luxembourg state also offers a financial incentive as the buyers of a new bicycle, electric or not, can expect a subsidy of up to 600 euros and, of course, the possibility to move freely on the city's cycle paths, which are being developed more and more.
Unless you’re a cycling champion, for which Luxembourg is a known breeding ground (#Christine Majerus), the bike tends to be reserved for short distances.
It’s even an ideal way to combine your trip with another means of transport such as bus, tram or train.
After all, in Luxembourg, you can bring your bike on board for free outside rush hour. If you don’t need your bike at your destination, you can also store it safely in one of the 32 free bike parks, better known as the mBox, available near train stations throughout the country.
Green countryside, rolling landscapes with rock formations reminiscent of the exceptional beauty of Switzerland, Luxembourg is ideal for indulging in the joys of cycling and green tourism.
No fewer than 600 km of cycle paths crisscross the whole country.
historical, gastronomic, transnational tours, station to station routes on abandoned railway lines, mountain bike or special family routes, the possibilities are endless.
If you have invested in very good equipment, remember that it may be very much sought after by thieves. To deter them, it is advisable to use a sturdy anti-theft device and to register your bike for free with the Police. An identification code is then engraved on the bike frame to easily identify its owner and discourage thieves.
You can also insure your bike against theft or breakage as part of your home insurance, for example with the AXA Luxembourg Confort option. Your bike will be protected even abroad.