Cycling is good for the environment and the physical. Here's how to do it safely avoiding fines from driving on sidewalks and in the wrong direction.


All go up at least once riding a bike, I play the most desired object from the children in safety vest and the means of transportation more green that exist for adults. And 'maybe because of this overlap whatsoever that many underestimate the potential of the bicycle, a vehicle for all purposes and as such, its use is subject to specific articles of the Highway Code. And 'it allowed going against the direction of travel? If it is when you can share the sidewalk with pedestrians? Let's see in detail what you should know to be of cyclists in order and above all safely.


THE DEFINITION OF "velocipede"

First, what are the cycles? They are vehicles with two or more running wheels propelled exclusively muscular, produced by means of pedals or similar devices, from the people that are on the same vehicle. So, they are vehicles, and these must comply with all rules laid down in the rules of the road for vehicular traffic, especially with regard to standards of behavior and road signs. Although the bike is a passé partout of the city, it is not always possible to turn the pedals where you want. Such vehicles, in fact, are obliged to operate on the so-called cycle paths, paths that are reserved exclusively to guarantee the safety of the cyclists themselves. If these paths do not exist, the cycles can ride on the road, usually in single file, without being towed and as close as possible to the right edge .When circumstances require (crossing the road with heavy traffic and fast or in conditions poor visibility), the cycles must be conducted by hand according to the rules that apply to pedestrians. So using pedestrian crossings, and - if present - respecting the green light pedestrian traffic lights.


The bone of contention between keener cyclists, pedestrians and motorists is probably the bike on the sidewalk or transit "in training" occupying a large part of the roadway. 143 of the highway code, in this regard requires vehicles without engine, and therefore also to the bike, always march as close as possible to the right edge of the roadway, so as not to hinder the transit of motor vehicles. So the general rule according to which the cycles, when marching on the roadway, "must proceed in a single row in all cases in which the traffic conditions so require" .When, however, there are no particular situations of hindrance to the movement cyclists can marching side by side, but never more than two numbers . As for the possibility of riding on sidewalks is the intended use of the raised floor to impose the ban. The sidewalk, by definition, is the area for the exclusive transit of pedestrians with reflective vest. So cyclists cannot pass - according to the Highway Code - because the bicycle circulating on the sidewalk, in the middle of pedestrians, of course, creates a dangerous situation and uncertainty of road traffic, and in particular the pedestrian. Moreover, such conduct is prohibited by the rules of the road and sanctioned with a 41 euro fine under Article.



It was said that bicycles must proceed in a single row, in all cases in which the traffic conditions so require; otherwise, may circulate side by side, never in number more than two: this last rule, laid down by the Highway Code, it is exhaustive, and does not allow any more favorable interpretation. But when they are permitted to ride bikes side by side in pairs?



Despite various ministerial interventions in order to clarify the rules on the movement against traffic of cycles, and the insistent demands of some associations, it should be specified that, to date, the bikes cannot move in the opposite direction to the running direction of the other is vehicle. None even thinkable that we can approve a rule like that, because it would threaten especially the safety of cyclists as well as the safety of road traffic. For this reason, except in the case of the presence of a special bike path, duly separated from the roadway and well protected, the cycles must circulate on the roadway itself, maintaining the direction of travel of other vehicles. Anyone caught with a circular bike to the contrary is punishable by Articles. The circulation within the roundabout with a bike undertakes to comply, always, the general rule established by art. For vehicles without engine, it is always mandatory circular as close as possible to the right edge of the roadway so as not to hinder the transit of motor vehicles. So, always, but especially at a time of high traffic, it is forbidden to bikes to transit in the inside lane of roundabouts.


It should be noted that such devices must be present also on bikes used for sports competitions, in the case in which circulate on the way out from these competitions. In addition, you should always wear high visibility clothing or reflective elements so they can be spotted before even at a distance from the cars that come in, especially when driving on roads without street lighting or in rain or fog.