Chapter 3.1 – When Cycling

Keywords

Bicycle, cyclist, bike helmet, bell, light, white reflector, yellow reflector, front brakes, rear brakes, pedals, gears, foot and cycle path, hand signals, cycle in safe places, required, forbidden, equipment

You will learn about:

Some important rules for cyclists

Why it is important to cycle in safe places

What equipment is required on bicycles

Why you must use a bike helmet.

Here you can see many road users. What do most of them have in common?

Some cyclists are using the foot and cycle path, but other are using the road to get to where they are going quicker.

Where do you think it is safest to cycle?

Where can you cycle?

Can you remember the most important traffic rule? This also applies to cycling. What do you think it means for a cyclist to be considerate, stay alert and be careful on the roads?

You have already learned some rules for pedestrians. Now you are going to learn rules which apply to cyclists.

When you cycle, you are allowed to use pavements, foot and cycle paths and roads.

Foot and cycle paths.

It is best to cycle on foot and cycle paths. They are designed so pedestrians and cyclists can use them at the same time. When you cycle on a foot and cycle path, you should keep to the right hand side, and show consideration to pedestrians and other cyclists.

Pavements and sidewalks

You are allowed to cycle on pavements on both sides of the road, and in both directions. Pavements and sidewalks are primarily for pedestrians. Therefore you must cycle slowly, and give way to those who are walking. Sometimes it will be necessary to get off your bike and push it.

To let others know you are coming on your bike, warn pedestrians by ringing your bell, which should always be installed on your handlebars.

On the road

If there are no pavements, sidewalks, foot or cycle paths, you can cycle on the road. You must cycle on the right hand side, and leave a bit of space between you and the curb. That way it is easier to keep balance. If many cycle together, you should cycle in a line, not side-by-side. Remember, you are sharing the road with other vehicles such as cars, busses and motorbikes.

On cycle paths

Some roads have dedicated cycle paths which run alongside. On these, you must cycle on the right hand side of the path, just like on roads in Norway.

Where there is no other traffic

You can of course cycle in many places other than on the roads. It is smart to practise cycling in places without cars and other motor vehicles. Cycling is not usually allowed in the school yard during school hours.

Crossing over roads

If you are cycling and need to cross a road, it is safest to get off your bike and walk. When you are pushing your bicycle, don’t forget the cars. Wait until they have stopped before crossing the road.