Bicycle Government Policy

Where do bicycles circulate in the city?

Within cities, bicycles can circulate along the lane intended for them, if any, or along the road alongside other mechanized transport. Cyclists may only ride the sidewalks in areas specifically designated and marked for such use. Otherwise, the cyclist must become a pedestrian, that is, get off the bike and push it. Some municipalities have allowed bicycles to circulate on the sidewalks, but the drivers’ associations warn that these municipal ordinances contradict the general law and are being annulled in court.

From the moment the bicycle occupies the road, it is one more vehicle and, therefore, its driver, in this case, the cyclist, must respect the traffic regulations. This includes elements such as traffic lights, ‘stop’ signs, give way, pedestrian crossings, road direction, etc. In the latter case, some municipal ordinances allow you to circulate in the opposite direction when it comes to a single-lane urban street (consult the regulations of your City Council about this).

Where do bicycles circulate on the road?

Bicyclists must ride on the shoulder of intercity roads. If it is not passable, they can use the essential part of the way. On motorways, they can only circulate on the shoulder as long as they are over 14 years old, and the corresponding sign does not specifically prohibit it.

The road helmet is mandatory; Not so in the city -only for those under 16 years old-, but we highly recommend it. The use of the city bike helmet protects the head against impacts that, even at low speeds, can be very serious.

How to overtake a cyclist?

The driver of an automobile intending to overtake a cyclist or a group of cyclists must occupy part or all of the adjacent or opposite lane, even when the line is continuous, and must maintain a safety width of at least 1.5 meters. It is prohibited to overtake a cyclist if said maneuver could endanger or hinder the progress of cyclists who circulate both in the same direction and in the opposite direction to the vehicle to be overtaken.

Always remember to have your bike in good condition. Have it checked periodically (greasing the chain to avoid breakage, gear and brake tension, etc.) and do a quick check before using it. With this, you will avoid breakdowns that are always uncomfortable for every cyclist and, in some cases, can endanger your physical integrity.

At what speed can a cyclist ride?

A cyclist can circulate at a maximum of 45 kilometers per hour and must always respect the established maximum speed. In other words, on a road limited to 30, it cannot exceed this speed. Also, they can drive at a speed below the established minimum limit, that is, they do not have to respect the rule that requires driving at a speed higher than 50% of the marked limit. For example, on a city road limited to 50 kilometers per hour, you can drive less than 25 kilometers, which can be useful on uphill roads.

Put on your lights at night.

At night it is essential and mandatory to use reflective and lighting elements, such as white front light, a red rear light, an approved vest, etc. These elements must be visible by drivers at a distance of 150 meters. Campaigns such as RACE ‘stay bright’ are very well on this path.

Precisely because of its slower speed and the effort it represents, you must be patient with cyclists. This includes not urging them, using the horn, or driving in a way that they can feel pressured.