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According to the law, bicycle is considered as a mean of transport. Generally, cyclists should obey all the rules applicable for other participants of traffic.


Where to ride?
What is prohibited?
Overtaking
Parking
Transportation of people and cargoes
Age of cyclists
Fines: price list & experience
Compulsory equipment
Road signs


WHERE TO RIDE?

There are three types of paths designed especially for cyclists:

- separated bike path (la piste cyclable)
- mandatory bike lane on the road (la voie cyclable obligatoire)
- mandatory path for cyclists and pedestrians (le chemin obligatoire pour cyclistes et pietons)

Separated bike path

piste cyclable - is separated from the main road;
- reserved exclusively for cyclists;
- if it goes along the road in your direction, you are obligated to ride there (art.107);
- if it's impossible to ride there - you can cycle on the right side of the road (art.103);
- can be uni- or bidirectional;

Mandatory bike lane on the road

voie cyclable obligatoire - is a part of the road;
- reserved exclusively for cyclists, cars cannot neither drive, nor park there;
- if it presents on the road, you are obligated to ride there;
- always unidirectional;
- on the road surface it's marked as continuous white line with a sign of bicycle;
- indicated with a sign of bicycle on blue background; 
- more dangerous in comparison with separated bike path.

Mandatory path for cyclists and pedestrians

chemin obligatoire pour cyclistes et pietons - is separated from the main road;
- reserved exclusively for cyclists and pedestrians, other vehicles cannot use it;
- you are obligated to ride there, if it goes along the road in your direction (art.107);
- indicated with a sign of people and bicycle on blue background;
- if the sign is divided by a vertical line, you are allowed to ride only on the side with the silhouette of bicycle (art.107);
- if the silhouettes are placed one under the other, you can choose any part of the path, but be careful with pedestrians.

*Pavement divided into two parts (bikes and pedestrians) looses the status of pavement (art.2)

If the width of the road doesn't allow to build neither separated bike path, nor bike lane on the road, a suggested bike lane can be arranged:

voie suggestive - it's a part of the road;
- not obligatory for cyclists;
- always only unidirectional;
- in certain cases can be used by other vehicles;
- when the traffic is high, buses and heavy trucks can use this lane;
- when a cyclist is riding here, cars must bypass him following the general road rules (art.125 and 126);
- can be arranged both inside and outside agglomeration;
- on the road surface marked as discontinuous white line with a sign of bicycle.

If nothing is marked on the road (neither mandatory, nor suggested bike lane), you should ride on the very right side of the road following general road rules.

Riding on a bus lane

Cyclists are allowed to ride on a bus lane only if there is a special sign which authorises them.

Pedestrian zone

Pedestrian zone is indicated with a sign of people walking. Normally, it is reserved only for pedestrians, and other vehicles cannot use it. Cyclists are allowed to ride in pedestrian zone if there is a special sign. Usually it is also marked when they can ride there: permanently, during or excluding certain hours.

Unidirectional streets

In certain cases, if there is a special sign, cyclists can ride on unidirectional streets in both directions. On this kind of streets a bike lane is usually arranged only in one direction. Cyclists moving from the other side should take the right side of the road in their direction (not the bike lane!):


WHAT IS PROHIBITED?

The article 160 of the Code de la Route prohibits the following things:

- riding on pavement;
- being towed or pushed by other vehicles;
- touching other cyclists while riding;
- releasing the steering bar with two hands simultaneously;
- removing feet from pedals or footrest;
- riding more than two cyclists in one line.

Concerning the latter, in these situations cyclists should move only one by one:

- inside agglomerations;
- when it's dark (from dusk till dawn);
- during turns;
- shortly before being bypassed or before crossing with motorized vehicle;
- approaching summits, level crossings and on the level crossings;
- on intersections (except from the cases when there are more than two lanes).


OVERTAKING

Overtaking cars, a cyclist must ride on the very right part of the road (art.125).

Bypassing a cyclist, drivers must respect the distance between car and bike in order not to endanger the cyclist.


PARKING

The code doesn't prescribe any specific parking rules for bicycles. Thus, you can park everywhere you want as long as your bike doesn't hamper other vehicles and pedestrians to pass. In the city there are plenty of bicycle racks. Of course, it is better yo live your bike there, but you are not obligated to use them.

* If you need to leave your bicycle at the Gare for several hours or even a couple of days, you can use the new secured bike parking which is accessible only with a special key. You can get it at the info desk of the Gare for free, leaving a deposit of 20 euro.


TRANSPORTATION OF PEOPLE AND CARGOES

Art.53 prohibits transporting people in any other way except from:

- in special seats installed on bicycle;
- on towed bicycle;
- on any other vehicle towed by bicycle and designed for transporting people.

A person elder than 18 y.o. can transport on his/her bicycle a kid younger than 8 y.o. who is sitting in a special seat installed on the adult's bike and equipped with two footrests (obligatory!).

A person elder than 18 y.o. can also transport one or two kids younger than 8 y.o. in a special kids trailer consistent with certain conditions, e.g. requirements concerning the coupling devices. Each sitting place must be at least 30 cm width and have either two footrests, either a part of frame where kids can put their feet.

As for cargoes, the loading of a towed vehicle should not exceed the width 1m, height 1.2m and length 3.5m (art.18). It is prohibited to transport cargoes that can disturb or endanger other participants of traffic.


 more rules are coming soon...


Indicate your actions

Drivers cannot know in advance what you are going to do next. That's why it is very important to indicate each your action with hands. Don't hesitate to use a bell if you're sure that the person whom you are ringing will hear it.


AGE OF CYCLISTS

Children under 10 are allowed to ride bicycle on the pavement: it is considered as a game. After the age of 10 they are authorised to ride only on bike lanes and special bike paths.

Since the age of 6 a child can ride bicycle on a public way if he/she is accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old. 

!!! All the vehicles that can move faster than 6 km/h are not considered as a toy any more, and it is prohibited to ride them on pavement.


FINES: price list & experience

still waiting for response from our Police)

It happens very seldom that a cyclist gets ticketed by police. However, it is possible:

- a guy had to pay 20€ for riding on platform towards the bike wagon of a train;
- 74€ and 2 points of the driving licence for riding through a red traffic light;
- 49€ for speeding in residential area (20 km/h limit);

If you have an experience of getting ticketed in Luxembourg, please tell us and we will publish it here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT

- front and rear brakes
- yellow or white front light
- red rear light
- orange reflective elements on spokes (min. two on each wheel) and pedals
- front and rear reflective elements (white and red, respectively)
- yellow reflective stripe (3cmx10cm) on the back
- bell

!!! Helmet is not included into the list of compulsory equipment. However, it's highly recommended to wear it!


ROAD SIGNS

To sum up, once again, the most important for cyclists road signs:

d4D4
Mandatory bike lane
d4aD4a
End of mandatory
bike lane
a13A13
Bike lane
crosses the road
g3bG3b
Mandatory bike
lane
d5aD5a
Cyclists and pedestrians share lane, taking the side reserved for them
d5bD5b
Cyclists and pedestrians share lane, respecting each other
d5aaD5aa
End of the lane reserved for cyclists and pedestrians
d5baD5ba
End of the lane reserved for cyclists and pedestrians
d4modD4+mod.13
Beginning of
bike lane
c2C2+mod.11
No access for cars
(bikes are allowed)
d10D10+mod.11
Bikes are allowed
on bus lane
e27aE27a+mod.11
Bikes are allowed
in pedestrian zone
c4aC4a
No access for cars, bikes
and motorbikes
c4bC4b
No access for
bikes and motorbikes
d10aD10a
End of bus lane


More on this topic:

Sécurité Routière: La brochure du Code de la Rue and other materials.


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