More than ever, our society is a mobile one. No matter if on foot, with a bicycle, a car, in a bus, in a train or even in an aircraft: Mobility shapes our daily life.
Listed below is a compilation of information concerning traffic rules and general information, as far as the topic „mobility" in Germany is concerned.
The German Transport Counsel and the German Statutory Accident Insurance have developed two print media, as well as a website plus a smartphone app, all put together under the title: "German Road Safety“. The aim is, that first and foremost all refugees are familiar with, have knowledge how to use elementary traffic rules. By doing so, being able to move around safely and securely on roads, bicycle- and footpaths. Last but not least, all people are addressed, who have the intention to be mobile within the german road traffic. Locals as well as immigrants.
Riding a bycicle
The most important traffic rules for cyclists can be found here in more than one language.
Correct Behaviour when using the Public Transport System (Buses, Trains etc.)
There are a couple of rules that have to be taken care of, when using the public transport system. Below you can read a few tips as on how to behave correctly:
- Always be in possession of a valid travel ticket! Fare Evasion (without a ticket) does cost you a lot of money in Germany.
- Let other people disembark a bus or a train first, before boarding yourself.
- In case you notice a senior citizen, a pregnant woman, someone with a walking disability or see anyone else who is having a handicap, it is a show of good manners, if you offer them your seat.
- Should you be traveling with children, see to it, that your kids have something to do, so that they are occupied and do not bother other people traveling with you.
- Do not play any loud music.
- If you use your phone, do so in a volume that does not cause any inconvenience for others.
- When leaving your seat at the end of your journey, leave it clean.
- In general: Show respectful and considerate behaviour toward other people traveling with you. Pushing, nudging or even shoving is seen as a lack of manners, even as being rude and considered to be not acceptable.
- Be aware of the white markings on the train platform, they mark the minimum safety distance!