A bicycle is a fairly common vehicle in European countries. Cycling is gaining more and more popularity among young people. For me, this method of transportation is attractive in many ways. First, it's budgetary: it's like walking, just riding a bike (and you won't even have to spend money on gas). Secondly, it's useful. It has become fashionable and affordable to lead a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body and mind.
There are even special maps in each major city that show all the bike routes. Moreover, different colors are used to mark bike lanes that are physically separate from roads and lanes for cyclists on the carriageway. There are also bicycle lanes on the roads between neighboring cities. I think the main advantage of European cycling is that there are good roads almost everywhere. You can choose a route of suitable length and difficulty, and there are bike rentals in almost all cities, so even a spontaneous sightseeing trip is not difficult to organize. In Europe, the cyclist is as much a participant in the movement as the motorist. There are rules for him, it is important to know them and not to break them.
And if you cannot travel long distances on a bicycle and are only ready for short trips, OT is at your service, in which the cyclist feels quite comfortable. When I went on the Au Pair program, I was very pleased that the bike transportation is free. Only the travel of a person from point A to point B is paid for. If we are talking about an electric train, and they are two-story in Europe, then there are two carriages for cyclists: at the beginning and at the end of the train. In order to ensure safety when transporting a bicycle in an electric train, the bicycle carriage is equipped with stands where you need to attach your bicycle while the train is moving. Fastening is carried out using guy wires. The racks and stretch marks are already in the carriage, you do not need to bring anything with you.
Of course, not everyone can afford to keep a bike at home. Moreover, many do not consider such an acquisition expedient, since they do not ride so often. Therefore, the best solution is temporary use, that is, rent, this service is quite inexpensive. I tried to ride different models until I found the most comfortable one for myself. If you like to ride a bike, you can easily purchase your own, choosing the most ideal option for you. In my opinion, cycling is not only a cheap means of transportation, but also an excellent chance to increase endurance, improve the respiratory capacity of the lungs and strengthen the cardiovascular system.