In Luxembourg, travelling without a car has the wind in its sails. In light of the progressive increase of congestion, residents seem to have developed a growing understanding for gentle mobility.
It includes travelling by bicycle, on foot or by other non-polluting means of transport, such as electric skateboards. But in the whirlwind of these new micro-mobility trends, both electric and non-electric scooters have won the conquest in urban landscapes. The younger generations and people who wish to get away from congested streets to commute are particularly keen on them.
Gentle mobility has a number of obvious advantages: they are quick over short distances, healthy and environmentally friendly, and involve minimal maintenance costs.
Considering all the advantages of these urban modes of transport, authorities put in a lot of effort on their side. Self-service electric bicycle stations are gaining ground in Luxembourg's public areas, a strong signal to encourage gentle mobility.
Bicycles above all
Less polluting than cars, faster than walking, and above all better for health: theoretically, cycling has many advantages for everyday journeys. Particularly for getting to work in town, cycling is certainly the quickest means of transport.
Cycling past stationary cars and through traffic jams not only saves time - using a bike also has a positive impact on both personal health and the environment.
Over longer distances, combining cycling with travelling by public transport is a good alternative to using a car.
In the Grand Duchy, promoting bicycles is an area developing fast. Considerable efforts have been put into developing a national network of cycling paths, while urban bicycle rental services are sky-rocketing, and even in the field of tourism, Luxembourg positions itself as an unmissable destination for cycle tourism (bed&bike)
Whether they are close to nature, near abandoned rail tracks, uneven roads at the foot of a fortified castle from yesteryear or along a river, Luxembourg's cycling paths are just as diverse as they are impressive.
The Grand Duchy currently has a network of 600km of cycling paths, but the network is planned to reach around 900km.
Particular attention is paid to creating cycling paths in built-up areas so as to promote the use of the bicycle as a means of transport.
To encourage gentle mobility, the local networks of cycle paths are coordinated so that they can be linked up to the national network of cycle paths.
Luxembourg City has worked out a concept for bicycle mobility along these lines, which can be consulted on its website on the 'Bicycle' page.
- www.pistescyclables.lu — national network of cycle paths, with descriptions of the tracks;
- Cycle tourism in Luxemburg on visitluxembourg.com;
- Presentation of the cycle paths and of publications for touring cyclists.
Bicycle rental services are available all around the country and the cities of Luxembourg and Esch-sur-Alzette have an operational self-service rental bike system. Other towns and villages are launching pilot schemes for bike rental.
- veloh.lu — bike rental scheme in Luxembourg City
- velok. lu — bike rental scheme in Esch-sur-Alzette
- bicycle rental in Luxembourg on the tourism portal visitluxembourg.com
- bicycle rental in Luxembourg on the website of the Mobility Centre
Train, bus and bike
In the Grand Duchy, bikes are carried on trains and buses free of charge.
Trains: Passengers are allowed to take their bicycles with them on any national CFL train, provided that they load and unload their bikes themselves.
Buses: Bicycles may be carried by bus provided that the bus is adequately equipped.
M- Box : secured spaces for bicycle storage, available close to public transportation stops, guarantee a better protection for cyclists and their bicycles against theft or vandalism.
- CFL — hikers and bikers
- Vélo-bus — access to nature spots using buses designed to carry bikes
Learning to ride a bike
You don't (yet) know how to ride a bike? LVI (Lëtzebuerger Vëlo-Initiativ a.s.b.l.) organises bike-riding lessons for adults
To work on bicycle - Mam Vëlo op d’Schaff
Burn off some calories rather than petrol on your journey to work!
This initiative, organised by the Mobility Centre in May, June and July each year, encourages people to cycle to work for at least 15 days. Combining cycling with using public transport is also encouraged.