Bicycles on Trains and Buses around Frankfurt

Yesterday’s question from an expat was about taking bicycles on board of trains in buses in and around the Frankfurt area.

Here is a short explanation of what you can and cannot do.


RMV Fahrrad mitnehmen

* You can bring your bicycle free of charge on trains and buses of the RMV.

* There are no restrictions for bikes on the S-Bahn and regional trains.

* The following restrictions only apply to U-Bahn, trams and buses:

Bringing your bike onto the U-Bahn, tram, or bus is NOT allowed Monday – Friday between 6:00 – 8:30 and 16:00 – 18:30 (morning and evening rush hour)

All other times (except the listed rush hour times from Mon – Fri) and all other days (weekends and Hessian school breaks), you can bring your bike along.

* You can’t bring your bike onto a minibus.

* Please remember that wheel chairs and strollers/baby carriages always have priority.

The mention of the evening rush hour times prompted another topic – why Germans go to bed so early. There will be more about that in my next post.


Quote of the Day

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

-Mark Twain –

Quote of the Day

To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself… Anybody can have ideas — the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.

– Mark Twain –

CineStar Metropolis on Strike

Posted 29 July 2012:

Last night, when our son and his friend got home early from the movies  in Frankfurt, we were surprised to learn that the movie theater CineStar Metropolis is on strike. They were not able to see the movie The Dark Night Rises.

He was given a flyer, which stated the strikers’ case.


.… We run the cash register, check your tickets, run the service counter and the film. We sell you Coke and popcorn. Many of us earn euro 7,42 per hour (before taxes). Only a few of us earn more than euro 8,00 an hour. We can’t make a living on this, especially not in this expensive Rhine-Main area. Our pay is also lower than at other movie theaters.

We are on strike for a pay-raise and better working conditions. Only a good tariff/labor agreement can help ensure this.

Dear movie goers, we ask for your understanding. Please also consider that our pay (working nights and weekends) is considerably lower than the price of your movie ticket.

We will be back when all this settled.

The strikers of the Metropolis movie theater


Our daughter had gone to see the same movie on Thursday (26 July) and I noticed her student ticket was euro 9,00. Adult tickets are generally euro 11,90.

I understand the workers’ situation and hope for the best.

A Basque Classroom in La Bastide Clairance

The village of La Bastide Clairance is one of the prettiest in France, I have been told. It is near Biarritz, in the northern Basque country. For a map, visit Pays en France.

And yes, it is a quaint place to visit.  There is enough to see on a leisurely afternoon. We were there on Sunday afternoon and all shops were open.

At the information center, we visited a replicated Basque classroom in the back of the building. As an educator, I am always interested in classrooms, old and new.

Basque classroom

I liked this short lesson on moral: One does not do a good job, if not done with joy, diligence, and love.

proverb in French

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