Rules for cycling: what you need to know

The hustle and bustle of everyday life and the frantic pace are dictated by a urban mobility which today has become a real problem. Smog and traffic, caused by too many cars and more, contribute to damaging our health.

Our health must be safeguarded, as well as that of our planet. There is a solution, and moving without a motor means favouring the bicycle. It must be emphasised, however, that the bicycle is a vehicle in its own right and there are some rules for cycling which must be respected.

Rules which, unfortunately, are more often than not underestimated as bicycles can be driven without a licence, unlike cars, lorries, mopeds, all of which require a licence. There could, however, be no greater mistake.

The Highway CodeIn fact, it lays down rules for cycling on public roads and, in this article, we will summarise them for you.

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The rules for cycling: how it should be equipped

Given the most important rules, from always know and respectWhen cycling on the road, the aspect of equipment is equally relevant to one's own and others' safety. Let us look in detail at all those devices which must never be missing on a bicycle and which are mandatory.

  • First of all, let's start with the brakesThese must be fully functional and are located on the front and rear wheel. Before putting the bike 'in motion', it is a good idea to do a check and check that everything is OK.
  • A bicycle can circulate without bell? The answer is no! Indispensable for getting noticed in case of danger or warning of turning and passing.
  • Very important is the issue of visual signals: the bicycle must be equipped with lights of two different colours: the white, positioned at the front; the red, positioned at the back.
  • On the wheels and pedals, however, the bikes must have the reflectorssmall plastic plates that reflect when they meet the lights of other cars or street lamps. These devices serve to highlight the bicycle when there is night traffic.
  • As mentioned above, children up to the age of 8 are allowed to be transported, seats on approved seats. To find out in detail what the construction characteristics of the seats should be, we refer you to theArticle 225 of the Implementing Regulation.
  • It is important to know that the type-approved seat must be equipped with a backrest, footrest, and a harness or shoulder straps that secure the child and, most importantly, must not be installed on unsuitable roof racks. It is a frequent mistake, even by the dealers themselves, to attach child seats with a load capacity of up to 25 kg to roof racks whose capacity is limited to 7 kg.

An egregious error, the latter, that can put one's children's lives at risk, as can carelessness and disregard for the rules of cycling. A vehicle that must become the means of transport par excellence must be 'treated' with the utmost care and attention. The respect for the rules is essential for cars, engines, trucks and even bicycles, nowadays no longer a second-rate vehicle but a vehicle, available in many different versions that you can find on our websitesuitable to meet even the most inconvenient needs of citizens.

Rules for cycling: how to cycle properly

First of all, let's immediately dispel a myth and a misconception of many cyclists: to cycle it is not compulsory to wear a helmetnot even for children under the age of 14. There is no trace, even today, of this rule in the Highway Code, which is questionable to say the least.

In fact, post-lockdown data see an increase in cycling coinciding with a increase in accidents. As they say, prevention is better than cure and theuse of a helmet is strongly recommended to safeguard the health of the driver and passenger.

The cyclist is a weak subject of road trafficThat is why it is important for him to know the rules for cycling correctly and to be safe from the pitfalls of the road and vehicles. Knowledge of the rules in giving right of way or obeying a stop sign is the basis of everything.

The rules for cycling: the rules of precedence

Statistically, in fact, most accidents occur because they are violated the rules of precedence. Listed below is when a cyclist must give right of way or abide by a stop sign:

  • To all vehicles if there is the appropriate Give Way or Stop sign
  • Vehicles coming from the right
  • To all vehicles coming from the opposite direction, if turning left
  • To pedestrians on pedestrian crossings
  • All vehicles, if entering the direction of traffic, exiting the cycle lane.

Knowing when to give way is crucial, respect one's direction of travel is no less: bicycles must ride as far to the right of the carriageway as possible and if the road is one-way, it is driving on the wrong side of the road prohibited. For driving on the wrong side of the road, though, there are exceptions which the Ministry of Transport has delegated to the various municipalities: the mayor will have the authority to approve the circulation of bicycles in both directions, but only on roads at least 4.25 metres wide and in areas with a 30 km/h limit.

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Yuba Kombi Bafang

The most common mistakes made by cyclists

most common errors related to road traffic,we mention 3The first is to see bicycles side by side continuing their march. This is only permissible if a child under 10 years of age is riding alongside, otherwise, the guide must only ever be single file. The second is thejaywalking which must be performed by getting off the saddle and accompanying one's bike by hand. Finally, the third, which is the order of the day, concerns riding on pavements. As the word itself suggests, the pavement is dedicated to pedestrians only and it is absolutely forbidden to walk on it with a bicycle.

Having the Free use of arms and hands, aimed exclusively at handlebar use, may seem like a trivial rule, but it is not. How many people ride with one hand and carry their dog with the other or pet their child in a car seat? Mistakes that can prove fatal and get in the way when you are planning or need to make a right or left turn manoeuvre.


A tip for your safety: the rear-view mirror

To perform a safe change of direction, the advice is to use a rear-view mirror (very useful but not compulsory). Mandatory, however, is not to carry more than one person except for the children up to 8 years of age and using the appropriate seats and footrests.

Having free limbs and perfect vision does not presuppose fitness in theuse of headphones or earphones to listen to music or talk on a mobile phone. All these devices, in fact, do nothing but inhibit the proper concentration that the cyclist must have in order to listen to road noise.

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