Safety and regulations
Having a bike in a city offers you great freedom, both for getting around and leisure activities. This freedom must obey several rules, however, as the road is a space shared with others: drivers, pedestrians, transport users, etc., which implies mutual respect between all road users, including cyclists. For your safety and comfort, please follow this advice – have a safe trip!
Use the bike lock provided with the Vélhop, attach the frame of the bike to a solid fixed point, if possible to a bike rack. Always lock up your bike, even if you are only stopping for a short time. Try and choose a place which is well lit and where there are lots of people around, or use a VéloParc.
In particular traffic lights and one-way systems. Otherwise, you put your safety and the safety of others in danger, and you risk being fined.
Do the brakes, the bell and the lights work? Are the tyres properly inflated? Although it is not obligatory to wear a helmet, it is highly recommended, especially for children.
Keep at least one metre between you, other vehicles and the pavement. Don’t cycle too close to parked cars, in case the door opens or a pedestrian suddenly steps out from between 2 cars. Weaving between stationary cars is dangerous and prohibited.
When cycling at night or in poor visibility conditions, the bike must be equipped with front and back lights and reflectors on the sides. Wear light-coloured clothes. Outside of the inner city area, you must wear a reflective vest when daylight is poor.
Using your arm to indicate that you are about to turn. Don’t stop alongside a vehicle, particularly a lorry or bus – you may be outside of its field of view. Move forward to the advanced stop line next to the traffic lights.
Avoid suddenly mounting pavements, changing gears or braking too hard. Carrying a passenger is prohibited, with the exception of children on an approved seat.
Cycling is forbidden on pavements, except for children. Pedestrian zones are authorised (unless otherwise indicated), but give priority to pedestrians. Otherwise, use secondary roads where there is less traffic.
Increase the safety distances as slippery roads increase the braking distance. During the winter (from 01/11 to 31/03), you can consult the map of cycle paths which are the first to be cleared of snow by the Eurométropole by clicking here
When your child or you are learning how to cycle on roads, do it in stages, starting by cycling on the cycle paths and progressively using the main roads.
A bicycle in good condition and well equipped helps to ensure your safety and that of other road users. Some equipment is mandatory, whether for you or your bike. For more information, find the mandatory equipment.