Bicycle etiquette

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Bicycle etiquette

If you want to cycle in Strasbourg and look like one of the locals:

  1. Ensure your bike makes a clanking noise of some description
  2. Never wear a safety helmet
  3. When cycling at night – ensure that your bike is NOT equipped with lights. (exception: dynamo systems that make a lot of noise but not a lot of light – are okay)
  4. Ensure your bike is equiped with a bell that goes ‘TING’. (ones that go ‘RING-RING’ will simply attract universal derision)
  5. Cycle on pavements, pathways, tramlines, footpaths and in cycle lanes – but never in the road – you might get hurt!
  6. When cycling on the pavement ring your bell as often as possible – this way pedestrians will know to get out of your way, ideally by stepping into the road.
  7. Whenever using a cycle lane – ensure you are going in the opposite direction to the arrows painted on the ground.
  8. If it is a two-way cycle lane and you meet an cyclist coming the other way: keep right … or left.
  9. Learn to cycle one-handed. This will free up the other hand to answer/operate your mobile phone or hold up an umbrella when it’s raining.
  10. Learn to cycle no-handed. This trick comes into it’s own when you need to make some calls in the rain.
  11. Never smoke while cycling – it gets in your eyes.
  12. When cycling in a particularly busy pedestrianised area – just close your eyes and keep going – most people should get out of your way.
  13. Many busy junctions have traffic light systems for cyclists. When met with a red light, it’s okay to stop and wait for a green; and when met with a green light, likwise it’s okay to stop and wait for a red…

Happy cycling.

By | 2006-09-02T21:08:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2006|Strasbourg|3 Comments

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  2. Bart October 25, 2009 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Since I wrote this article I’ve noticed many many cases of people smoking on their bicycles. I can only put this down to the smoking ban which came in last year, as in the saddle is now one of the few places you are still allowed to do it.

    And yes – I have seen someone smoking whilst talking on their mobile phone as they ride along.

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