Cyclists: The most important rules for their safety on the road

Although according to the Federal Statistical Office of Wiesbaden, the number of cyclists killed in traffic accidents in 2007 compared with the same period of 2006 is clearly declining at 12.6 percent, the number of injured cyclists in named time comparison increased by 2.6 percent: 79, 020 cyclists crashed in 2007; 77, 054 were in 2006.

Accident-free through the season!

Often the cyclists are co-causers in accidents of cyclists. The President of the German Road Patrol and Federal Minister Kurt Bodewig MdB said: "This is not always a deliberate accepted breach of rules or negligence in the behavior based Many cyclists are uncertain about their rights and obligations in road transport." To ensure that cyclists get through the season accident-free, the German Traffic Watch Service compiles important bids and bans for cyclists:

Bicycle paths

If there are bicycle lanes marked with a traffic sign, they must be used by all cyclists. On the bike paths, as on the road, the right to drive. Basically, on bike paths and the requirement of foresighted and considerate driving, so that other cyclists are not hindered or even endangered. This is especially important on combined bike paths, where cyclists share space with, for example, children or skaters. Here everyone must exercise caution to avoid conflicts. Special attention should be paid to cycle paths on the left side of the road or cycle paths to roundabouts. Cyclists are often difficult to see at intersections or junctions of motorists; these are therefore required in mixed traffic with cyclists and confusing bike path guides to defensive driving at reduced speed.

road use

If there is no bike path, young and adult cyclists must use the roadway. This increases their risk of accidents with motorized road users. Especially at traffic lights or other waypoints, where the traffic flow temporarily stops, there is a risk that cyclists get into the blind spot of a car or truck and are not perceived. A reasonable safety distance to other vehicles and eye contact with the drivers are ways to reduce these risks. An exception to the use of the road by cyclists makes the legislator in children: Until the age of eight years, they have to go on the sidewalk; for children up to the age of ten, it is up to them to decide whether to use the sidewalk or the street. In contrast to car drivers, cyclists have the right to enter "fake" one-way streets. Even in many pedestrian areas cycling is allowed by a corresponding road sign. In such situations it is advisable that cyclists drive with increased attention and adjust their speed.


The lighting is one of the legally required, essential safety standards on a bicycle, which includes brakes, reflectors and a bell. The lighting must also be functional during the day. It must be switched on when it is getting dark or the visibility conditions require it - of course, its use in the dark.

To phone

Just as when driving by car, it is also forbidden to use a mobile phone or even to text a text message when cycling.

traffic light

Traffic lights are generally applicable to all drivers, including cyclists. If you ignore a red traffic light, you have to expect a fine - if you pass a traffic light that has been showing "red" for more than a second, you will also receive a point in the central traffic register in Flensburg.


Cyclists also have to adapt their speed to the traffic situation. This also means that, for example, they should stick to the prescribed maximum speed of 5-7 km / h in game roads.

Alcoholized on the bicycle handlebar

Alcohol is taboo not only for car drivers, but also when cycling. Who is involved with 0.3 per thousand in an accident, must expect the driving license withdrawal. Cycling with 1.6 per thousand (absolutely unable to drive) is also punishable with driving license withdrawal, beyond even with points in Flensburg.

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