Tips for cyclists
Bicycle – a two-wheeled bicycle, an environmentally friendly vehicle, used for entertainment, communication, leisure, tourism, sports, competitions. In addition, the bicycle is a comfortable, economical and environmentally friendly vehicle. Such a vehicle is convenient to use both in urban and rural areas.
Road users in this category are several times more likely to be killed or injured than people in the car. Therefore, the safety of cyclists is one of the most important tasks of traffic safety.
The statistics of traffic accidents in our country confirm that cycling is used often enough. Cyclists make up a significant proportion of victims or fatalities in road accidents. By the way, more than half of the accidents in which cyclists are affected are due to their own negligence, ie non-compliance with the requirements of the Road Traffic Rules.
We remind you that all road users, including cyclists, must comply with the Road Traffic Rules.
It should be noted that in 2014. July 1 entered into force in 2013 June 13 by Law no. Amendments to the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Road Traffic Safety (hereinafter – SEAKĮ) were adopted on XII-360, including the “Requirements for Cyclists”.
Article 2 of the SEAC sets out the main concepts in a new wording. At the same time, a new term “motorcycle” has been introduced (a vehicle with at least two wheels and an internal combustion engine or an electric motor with a maximum net power not exceeding 1 kW and a maximum design speed not exceeding 25 km / h .).
► Article 17 of the SEAKĮ (Requirements for cyclists):
Cycling on the carriageway is allowed to persons not younger than 14 years of age, and to those who have attended a training course set by the Ministry of Education and Science and have a certificate issued by an educational institution – to persons not younger than 12 years of age. Under the supervision of an adult, a person at least 8 years old is allowed to ride a bicycle on the carriageway. There is no age limit for cyclists in the residential area.
The cyclist is only allowed to ride on the road with a bicycle with a proper brake and an audible signal. There must be a red reflector or red light at the rear of the bicycle and orange reflectors on both sides attached to the wheel spokes.
● When riding on a carriageway, the cyclist must wear a brightly colored vest with reflective elements or have a white light on the front of the bicycle and a red light on the rear.
● When riding on the road in the dark or when visibility is poor, the bicycle must have a white light on the front and a red light on the rear, and the cyclist must wear a brightly colored vest with reflective elements.
● Cyclists (passengers) under the age of 18 must wear and wear a cyclist’s helmet when riding (transporting) on the road. It is recommended that persons over the age of 18 riding a bicycle wear a bicycle helmet.
Requirements for cyclists (KET Chapter VIII)
● Cycling is only permitted on cycle paths or cycle lanes, and where there are none, on a suitable (asphalt or concrete) roadside according to the direction of traffic. When a cycle path, cycle lane, curb is absent or impassable (potholes and the like), it is permitted to drive on a sidewalk or one row of the right-hand lane of the carriageway as close as possible to its right edge, except in the cases specified in KET point 106, and when it is necessary to bypass obstacle, drive straight when only the right turn from the first lane is allowed. When driving on the curb, pedestrian and bicycle path, sidewalk, the cyclist must give way to pedestrians, not obstruct or endanger them, and pass through at a speed close to the speed of the pedestrian (3-7 km / h, leaving such a gap). From the side,
● It is recommended that a cyclist riding on the carriageway turn to the left, turn or cross the road if necessary, get off the bike and cross the carriageway while driving, if traffic conditions so require.
● The cyclist must always reduce his speed when approaching the point where he needs to cross the carriageway and may only continue to ride when he is sure that it is safe to ride and that other road users are not disturbed.
● In order to cross the carriageway where traffic is not regulated, the cyclist must pass the vehicles on the carriageway, except when crossing exits from adjacent areas, residential area, yard, parking lot, when crossing the carriageway to which other drivers turn.
● The cyclist is only allowed to ride the bicycle lane in the same direction as other vehicles in the adjacent lane.
● On a cycle path or cycle lane, the cyclist must ride as close as possible to the path (the part of the path intended for them) or the right edge of the lane. If a part of a path (sidewalk) intended for cycling is marked with a horizontal marking (bicycle symbol) on a pedestrian and bicycle path or sidewalk, the cyclist must ride only on it and as close as possible to its right edge.
● In places where traffic is regulated by traffic lights, cyclists must observe traffic lights with a bicycle symbol or, in their absence, traffic light signals.
Cyclists are not allowed to:
● Ride on the carriageway if bicycle paths are installed, except in cases specified by KET.
● Drive on highways and expressways.
● Drive without at least one hand on the steering wheel.
● Carry passengers if there are no special seats.
● Carry, tow or push loads that interfere with driving or endanger other road users.
● Be towed by other vehicles.
● Towing vehicles other than trailers.
● Drive in other vehicles.
● Drive at pedestrian crossings.
► An organized group of cyclists can ride on the carriageway.
► The requirements set by KET for cyclists are also mandatory for motorcyclists.