Respecting the right of way

When there is a cycle lane on the road

Cyclists will have right of way over motor vehicles, including where the latter attempt a right or left turn that would block the cyclist's path.

Pedestrians may not occupy, walk or remain in cycle lanes and when they are crossing one, they must respect cyclists' right of way, except in places designated for that purpose, such as zebra crossings, which specify right of way for pedestrians.

When there is a cycle lane on the pavement

In the case of pavement bicycle lanes, pedestrians have right of way when they have to cross the lane. You must reduce your speed when going over a zebra crossing, to avoid possible conflict with pedestrians, and take the necessary precautions when you do so.

Pedestrian areas with a single-level road surface

When cycling in pedestrian areas or on pavements where pedestrians have right of way, you must respect their right of way. Whenever you cycle in areas reserved for pedestrians:

  • Always respect their right of way.
  • Avoid any manoeuvre that might affect pedestrian safety and keep your distance.
  • Avoid cycling under 1 m from building facades and pay special attention to pedestrians who might step out of buildings onto the pavement.
  • Do not use your bell unnecessarily. Bells are for warning and avoiding accidents.
Parks and green areas

When cycling in public parks, you must respect pedestrians' right of way, as well as any natural heritage and urban furniture. Do not cycle on parterres, in areas and/or zones with any kind of vegetation, or in any zones where signs specifically prohibit it. Respect all signage and follow cycle paths and routes in paved or unsurfaced areas, if there are any.

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