Strasbourg is very bike friendly. Bike lanes cross the city and allow easy access to the suburbs. There’s one downside: At times there’s more bike traffic than car traffic. Navigating through hordes of bikes can be a serious challenge. In Strasbourg the chances of being hit by another bike seem much higher than being hit by a car. Becky and I took advantage of the extend network of bike routes to visit another country. Kehl Germany is just across the Rhine from Strasbourg. With a couple of kilometers of riding we were in Germany.
Kehl serves as a bedroom community for its larger metropolitan neighbor across the river. Tree-lined streets and nice houses make for quiet suburban living. For us it was an opportunity to have a good German beer while sitting outside at a bierstube. (German beer is infrequently available in France.) Afterwards, we had a short debate about whether we’d have dinner in Germany or France. Not surprisingly France won the debate and we pedaled back to Strasbourg’s old town for our meal. Though we might prefer the beer in Germany, we’d choose the food in France on most days.
(The crew of Wanderlust visited Kehl on the 21st of August 2015 while being based in Strasbourg.)