I don't usually put photos of car repair garages on this blog, but there's a reason for this one.
I noticed as I passed today that there were bicycles inside this car dealership. I initially assumed that they'd be car company branded bikes, perhaps Volkswagen or Audi as this is the local dealership for those marques.
However the answer turned out to be much more interesting than that.
These are loan, or courtesy, bicycles.
If you take a car in for repair and it needs to stay longer than you are willing to wait then you are offered a loan car for €12.50 per day or a loan bicycle for free.
Since seeing this I've realised that these bikes are seen around town quite often, as are bikes on loan from other garages. It's obvious that quite a lot of people choose the free option of the bike as there are quite a few of them. Of course, virtually all of the population of this city are regular cyclists, and this seems like quite a normal thing for garages here to offer, so this won't be particularly out of the ordinary.
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