600 km of bicycle paths
With its 600 km of bike paths covering the entire urban area, Strasbourg is the most bike-friendly city in France, and the fourth most bike-friendly city in Europe. The town is a pioneer when it comes to active modes of transport, such as walking, cycling, etc., and often promotes and encourages a shift away from driving in the city centre and other parts of the city.
A cycling city
Cycling culture is huge in Strasbourg, where people love to use bicycles to get around. 16% of workers use this mode of transport to commute to work.
Every year in June, more than 10,000 employees participate in an intercompany competition to see which company is the most enthusiastic about cycling.
Habits are changing: you can see more and more cargo bikes, carrying children, as well as bike trailers for making deliveries in the city centre.
So, if you’d like to live like a local during your stay, get the cycling bug and use a bike to get around!
Hire a bike, and off you go!
In Strasbourg, the bike-share system is called Vélhop. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, no less than 6,000 bikes are available to you in Strasbourg at self-service stations (7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year), or at rental centres. Other bike hire services are also available, for one hour, one day, or more, it’s time to ride!
Our ideas for bike rides in Strasbourg
You may have caught on by now: Strasbourg is a great place to explore by bike. Our tip? Hop on your bike and roam around the streets a bit, in the city centre and in Strasbourg’s other quarters. You could also explore the city’s parks and gardens by bike. If you’re in need of inspiration, here’s a selection of routes and rides leaving from Strasbourg.
The Forts Trail (Piste des Forts)
This 85k cross-border cycling loop goes around the Strasbourg urban area, including Kehl, the little German border town. It links up the 19 military forts surrounding Strasbourg. This ride, which can be done in stages, is a great way to discover history and explore the amazing diversity of the surrounding countryside. You can explore it at your leisure, because it’s well marked, and you can start from several different spots in the city.
Along the Rhone-Rhine Canal
Reachable from Heyritz Bridge, the Rhone-Rhine Canal cycle route was developed on the former towpath. Close to the water and in the shade of a row of plane trees, it’s a great ride, especially when you're looking to cool down. As you ride south, you’ll enjoy going through farmland and taking in the beautiful views of the Vosges and the Black Forest.
Along the Bruche Canal
From the Montagne Verte quarter, you can reach the Greenway of the Bruche Canal. This bicycle path, running alongside a small canal, is perfect for a peaceful ride, winding between Alsatian villages and through countryside in a lush green oasis. You can also make it the starting point for longer rides, since this bike path takes you all the way to the city of Molsheim.
The Deux-Rives Route
On this 25k Franco-German bike route, you’ll get a sense of the region’s cross-border identity, while “going green”. The route runs through and close to two nature reserves, and alongside the Rhine. In Kehl, it takes you across the Passerelle des Deux Rives (footbridge) to get back to Strasbourg. Find more information on the Alsace à Vélo website.
Around and about the Ill and Rhine rivers
This route, which is almost 30 kilometres long, has plenty of variety to enjoy, thanks to the wide range of landscapes it crosses. You’ll see the Malraux Peninsula, the European institutions and the Neustadt district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Pourtalès Park, the Robertsau Nature Reserve and the Marne-Rhine Canal. The perfect way to discover Strasbourg, differently! Find more information on the Cycling in Alsace website.