Cyclists, along with pedestrians and motorists, are the most vulnerable users of the streets and highways without safety vest. In addition to its sports, more and more people use the bicycle as a means of regular travel: it is cheaper, allows greater mobility on short distances does not suffer from traffic jams or parking problems, does not contaminate and improves the health of who uses it.

 

This increase in the number of bicycles on the streets of cities and on roads entails greater respect on the part of all road users, especially motorists, who must be aware of the vulnerability of these people. Improving the coexistence between the car and the bicycle is increasingly necessary, something that encompasses all those who share the road.

 

Rules for cycling

Adults are required to wear helmets whenever they ride on long-distance routes, while those under 16 years of age should always use them. It is also important that you use reflective items or reflective clothing to make you see at all times. Our recommendation is to use the helmet on all tracks, as it is an effective protection system against falling even at low speed.

 

You must respect the rules of circulation in the same way that other vehicles, traffic lights, STOP, give way ... and if you do not you will endanger your safety and you can be sanctioned.

Do not neglect your bike and before driving with it make sure it is well maintained and that the wheels carry the correct pressure.

Mark correctly and with sufficient time the maneuvers that you are going to make so that the rest of vehicles are informed.

When traveling by road, the law allows to circulate in parallel, in a group of two bikes at most, except with heavy traffic or if there is low visibility.

It is forbidden to cycle by wearing headphones, using the mobile phone, after consuming drugs or with a rate of alcohol above that allowed.

Circular by motorway and motorways is prohibited. Only those over 14 years old may ride on the side of a motorway unless expressly forbidden by a signal.

 

How a motorist should act in the presence of cyclists

The presence of cyclists is greater on secondary roads, so extreme caution must be exercised. Be patient and aware of your greatest vulnerability.

When passing a cyclist or group of cyclists the law requires a lateral separation of at least 1.5 meters. In addition, it is important to reduce the speed so as not to destabilize the rider.

The horn uses it only in emergency situations and do not press it to catch the attention of cyclists who circulate in parallel because it is allowed and the sound of the horn can frighten them and cause them to fall.

Remember that cyclists with reflective vest have priority of passage with respect to motor vehicles. They also take priority when the first of a group of cyclists enters a junction or a roundabout.