The Highway Code applies to cyclists as it does to other road users. Each offence is punishable by a fine.
A quick reminder of what you can and cannot do on your bike.
Is it compulsory to wear a helmet?
No, helmets are not compulsory for people over the age of 12. But Teebike strongly advises all cyclists to wear one. They are increasingly comfortable, attractive and above all protect you in the event of a fall or head injury.
Is it possible to use headphones?
No. It is forbidden to listen to music or make phone calls with headphones while cycling. This offence is punishable by a fine of €135. It is also important to hear what is going on around you so that you can react to any sound "alerts".
If I'm drunk on my bike, I don't risk anything
This is not true! The law is the same for all vehicles: the alcohol level must not exceed 0.5 g per litre of blood. If you are checked while riding your bike, you risk a fine of up to €750. However, a cyclist who is caught for drink-driving will not lose points on his or her licence. However, in the event of a serious offence or if you have a level of more than 0.8 g per litre of blood, a court can ban you from driving any type of motor vehicle for up to five years.
I don't have to run red lights.
This is not true! You must respect the traffic regulations. If you are riding on a cycle track, most of the time the lights are specific to the cycle track (a bike is embedded in the light). If you are riding on a road or in the city, you must obey the traffic signals in the same way as cars and other vehicles.
I can drive on the pavement!
False. Unless a cycle track is installed on the pavement, it is forbidden to cycle on it. The penalty for this is a fine of €135. There are two exceptions to the rule: children up to the age of eight can ride on the pavement. So can people who walk on the pavement while holding their bikes in their hands. So don't hesitate to get out of the saddle if you have a junction to make on a pavement or a one-way street to go up.
Are lights or a bell mandatory?
Yes, a horn is compulsory on a bicycle. So are two brakes (front and rear), a front light (yellow or white) and a rear light (red), as well as retro-reflective devices (on the front, rear and pedals). The bell will be particularly useful for warning pedestrians who do not always take the precaution of checking for bicycle traffic before crossing the new cycle paths.