Soft mobility, ecomobility, sustainable mobility, etc. Behind these terms lie less polluting and more eco-responsible modes of transport. Walking, cycling or non-polluting means of transport, where does Luxembourg stand on this subject?
With a constantly growing population, transport in Luxembourg is at the heart of political and spatial planning considerations, given the increase in traffic, which is sometimes problematic at rush hour. Today, it seems essential to learn how to get around in a more ecological and less conventional way… So, why not try sustainable mobility, especially when the measures put in place are incentives?
Government incentives for the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle
As part of sustainable mobility, the government offers incentives of between 500 and 5,000 euros for the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle.
These bonuses are granted for the purchase of a new electric or hybrid self-propelled vehicle and/or a new bicycle with or without pedal assistance (pedelec25), as long as the vehicle is registered in Luxembourg and is 100% electric, hydrogen fuel cell or hybrid with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km.
They can also be granted to citizens benefiting from a rental or leasing contract.
To qualify, the vehicle must be new, purchased and put into circulation between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021 in Luxembourg.
All you have to do is complete the online form on the website of the Administration de l’environnement and return it with the requested supporting documents. For more information.
Biking, think about the planet when moving around
Self service bikes and bike sharing
There are several self-service bicycle companies in Luxembourg. They allow users to borrow bicycles for a fee and to re-deposit it at another station. This allows you to make urban journeys freely. The main cities of the country are thus equipped with self-service bicycles on the principle of “bike-sharing”.
Electric bicycles with Vél’oh in the City of Luxembourg
The City of Luxembourg has self-service bicycles for your use, available from several stations all over the city. The vel’oh! stations are situated in the town centre near residential areas, shops and public transport and allow you to make short journeys. The vel’oh! are available 24/7.
You can choose between a short-term and a long-term subscription. The long-term subscription gives you access to the vel’oh! service for one year. The short-term ticket allows you to rent out a bicycle as many times as you want from 1-7 days.
The Véloh stations are now gradually being equipped with electric bicycles, which will make the City of Luxembourg the first European city equipped with electric bicycles. This will be greatly appreciated when climbing from the Pfaffenthal or the Grund…
Rent a bike at « Vélo en ville »
Similarly, the association « Vélo en ville » rent bikes and gear for the whole family. Go to the Grund at Vélo en ville. 20% discounts on bike rental prices per day, weekend or week for groups from 4 people, children and young people under 26 years old.
Mbox, secure spaces to park your bike
With mBOX, park your bike easily, while protecting it against theft and vandalism.
More than thirty secure spaces are available near railway stations. These bike parks are accessible with the mKaart transport card. mKaart is a very functional plastic ship card the size of a credit card, on which tickets valid on all the Luxembourg public transports network can be charged up elecronically.
Did you know that you could also access public terminals for electric cars with your mKaart card?
Cycle paths in Luxembourg
Today 660 kilometers of cycle paths are available on the Luxembourg national territory, as well as self-service bicycle stations. See geoportail.
Rules to ride a bike in Luxembourg
- The use of acoustic headphones (MP3, mobile phone etc …) is prohibited
- Cycling on the sidewalk is allowed for children up to 12 years old. An adult person can also accompany them.
- Check that your bike is equipped as prescribed by law. Your bike must be equipped with a bell, 2 brakes, front and rear, a yellow or white light at the front, a red reflector and a red light at the rear, reflectors on the wheels (2 per wheel) and on the pedal. The offender risks a fine between 49 and 74 €.
- The sign with the bicycle symbol accompanied by “Excepted Frei” indicates the possibility of using one-way roads or going on the bus lane
- Between dusk and sunrise and during daylight in poor visibility, the lighting of your bike is mandatory
- The helmet is mandatory for children under 12. But a little advice: remember to put a helmet even if it is not mandatory and especially to tie it well! Buses and cars in Luxembourg are very fast!
Do you know it ? Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head trauma by 75% and the risk of brain damage by 85%.
Special amenities will be introduced gradually to promote the safety of bicycles: continuous sidewalks or crossroads at intersections for comfort, special traffic lights for bicycles, bike lanes limited to 30 km /h and in which cyclists can not be overtaken. These streets will be identified by a wide band of color.
In addition, cars must respect a distance of at least 1.5 meters when they exceed a bicycle. Do you know the rules for driving a car in Luxembourg?
Other sustainable means of transport
Do you know that since 2007, all CFL passenger trains have been running on electrical energy from renewable sources and with zero CO2 emissions?
Personal and electric vehicles
You can also travel in an eco-friendly way with carsharing and carpooling by sharing a car. More information here.
Charging terminals for electric vehicles
There is a network of nearly 80 charging stations for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids across the country. By 2020, every municipality in Luxembourg will be equipped with Chargy public charging stations in order to develop electromobility.
These charging stations are mainly to be found in P+R car parks.
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