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Safety guidelines

For your comfort and safety
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!
Take care when locking your bike
Take care when locking your bike

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.

Follow the highway code
Follow the highway code

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.

Check your bike's equipment
Check your bike's equipment

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 your distance
Keep your distance

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.

Be visible
Be visible

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.

Signal when you change direction
Signal when you change direction

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.

Respect your bike and it'll respect you
Respect your bike and it'll respect you

Avoid suddenly mounting pavements, changing gears or braking too hard. Carrying a passenger is prohibited, with the exception of children on an approved seat.

Use the cycle paths, or cycle on the right
Use the cycle paths, or cycle on the right

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.

Take care during bad weather
Take care during bad weather

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

Start off safe
Start off safe

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.

 Compulsory bicycle equipment: for the cyclist and for the bicycle
Compulsory bicycle equipment: for the cyclist and for the bicycle

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.