Many German towns and cities have very good cycle networks and you will sometimes see enormous numbers of bikes parked at locations such as stations and universities. If you stay in Germany for any length of time, it may be worth investing in a bike. Many cycle shops offer reasonably priced second-hand bikes or you can look in the adverts section of the local news- papers. Lost property offices also auction off bikes at reasonable prices.
Children up to the age of ten may and should, for safety reasons, travel on the pavement. Adults must use cycle tracks; if there is no cycle track, the road. Often you can also see cyclists in traffic wearing a safety hel- met; small children in particular hardly ever travel without one. This is voluntary and there is no obligation.