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Cyclists Advised over Responsibilities

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The DGT has sent a message through their social media platforms trying to reach out to cyclists to be aware of their behaviour and responsibilities on public roads.

The aim was to advise cyclists of their responsibilities, but not in a manner that should allow for suspicion other than the facts that these rules are there for the safety and security of all road users, including the cyclists themselves.

Although many cyclists do of course abide by the law, there are some who ignore it on a regular basis. In Granada, for example, complaints against to cyclists have doubled in a year.

The first points raised are over visibility. Wearing a reflective vest is mandatory during times of poor visibility, and it is advisable at all times.

When a cycle is on the road, it is a vehicle just like any other, and the rider must abide by the same laws, including the maximum permitted alcohol level of 0.5 grams per litre in blood or 0.25 milligrams per litre in expelled air.

At pedestrian crossings, you must get off the bike to cross. Cyclists are not permitted to ride across pedestrian crossings any more than a car can. It is also important to remember that the pavement is for pedestrians, unless cycles are expressly permitted.

Using headphones or a mobile phone is expressly forbidden when driving a car, but the same also applies when riding a bicycle, the same rules apply remember.

We have also compiled a list of another ten of the most popular mistakes that can result in infractions, all punishable by a fine, and here in no particular order

When a circular sign notifies cyclists of the presence of a cycle lane, it is mandatory for cycles to use it, not the main carriageway of the road. The only exception being for high powered racing bikes.

Bicycles must have both front and rear brakes, and both must be working.

As mentioned, the use of headphones connected to music players or other devices is prohibited.

You must signal your intention to manoeuvre, and wear a helmet. In the city it is mandatory for children under 16 and it is compulsory for everyone on the roads outside city limits.

Any manoeuvre must be signalled in advance and performed in sufficient space.

On roundabouts, cyclists in a group have priority when on the roundabout, provided that the lead cyclist has already entered the roundabout.

Lights at the front and rear are mandatory.

When on a one-way street, cyclists must always flow in the direction of the traffic

A bell is mandatory on a bicycle.

In areas where cycling is permitted, pedestrians must be given adequate space and clearance.

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