In previous posts I have briefly mentioned the popularity of riding a bike here in Kiel. You can pretty much go anywhere in Kiel on a bike. There are paths everywhere, connecting you to shops, pubs, super markets, night clubs, and beaches.
Britty and myself are now using the bikes as much as we can, not only for exercise, but to help us save money on driving around town. Petrol here is very expensive, and when you are living on a tight budget, every little bit helps.
In previous weeks the weather in Northern Germany has also improved, so to make the most of it, we have taken a liking to riding to the beach. If you drive to the beach, you usually get caught in heaps of traffic, and then when you finally get there you usually struggle to find a car park. On the bike we just ride past all the cars stuck in traffic, and there are no dramas parking!
The picture below is a map of our favorite route to the beach. It takes us about 40 minutes to ride there, and about 35 minutes on the way back. It is somewhere around 11kms.
These little bike traffic lights are such a cool thing. I have never seen them in Australia before. You may ask “what is the point?” They do actually change at different times to the red man. They give bikes longer to cross the road.