Today TreeBike decided to set the record straight !
As we all know, cyclists, just like motorists, are required to respect traffic regulations.
This means that bicycles have no place on the pavement !
This law may seem absurd to some, given the lack of facilities for cyclists or the poor maintenance of these facilities...
But in reality, there are some exceptions to the rule.
Here are some examples:
1. There is a cycle lane AND it is practicable :
You must always ride on the cycle track.
However, bicycles that are more than 1m wide (such as our cargo bikes) are not allowed on two-way cycle paths that are 1m wide or less.
Since last year, the European standards for cycle lanes have been changed and these should now be widened to accommodate 2 bikes passing each other or a cargo bike.
In the meantime, our cargo bikes unfortunately have no place on the pavement or on the cycle track.
2. There is a cycle lane, but it is impassable OR there is NO cycle track :
You can then ride :
- On level shoulders.
- On the parking spaces.
- On the roadway.
- On a special crossing site and in bus lanes IF a bicycle symbol is shown.
3. You are under 10 years old :
You can still ride :
- On the pavement
- On overhanging shoulders
And there is no size requirement for the bike.
But what about it ? When can cyclists really ride on the pavement ?
Cyclists can ride on the pavement without any age limit as long as the following 3 conditions are met simultaneously:
1. There is no cycle track or it is not passable.
2. The road is not located in a built-up area.
3. You are on the right-hand side of the road. (i.e. not on the left-hand pavement)
If this is the case, and only if this is the case, then you can legally drive on the pavement.
But be aware
Pedestrians always have priority and the speed limit is 6 km/h, just like in other pedestrian zones.
On the other hand, we remind you that if these 3 conditions are not simultaneously respected, this kind of infraction can lead to a fine of 135€!
Finally, it is important to point out that a person holding a bike at arm's length is not considered a cyclist, but a pedestrian and can therefore ride on the pavement without any conditions.
You're ready for your next trip into town !