Traffic rules for cyclists


Bikers have right of way on all lines of roads reserved for them, such as cycle paths, combined pedestrian and cycle paths, cycle lanes and multi-purpose lanes, street crossings for cyclists. They must yield their right of way once they leave the above lines of roads.

Zebra crossings

  • Cyclists must not endanger pedestrians when using a zebra crossing.
  • Pedestrians have right of way on zebra crossings.

Street crossings for cyclists

  • When approaching a bike crossing that is not signal-controlled or regulated by a traffic police officer, cyclists must not go faster than ten kilometers per hour, and must not cross the street directly in front of an approaching vehicle in a way that would be surprising to the vehicle’s driver.
  • Trams and service cars on duty approaching the cycle crossing have right of way.

Cycling against a one-way street

Cyclists may ride against a one-way street in residential areas, if they are a "Wohnstraße", and in all one-way streets where this is indicated by a traffic sign.


To carry a child on the back of your bicycle you must have completed 16 years of age. Children under eight require a bicycle seat suited to their size. Bicycle seats may only be used if spokes are properly covered. Seats must be fastened behind the cyclist’s seat. Only one child may be carried at a time.

Children below twelve years of age must be accompanied by a person in charge (minimum 16 years of age). This does not apply to children ten years and up if:

  • they have passed a cycle test and
  • have a bicycle licence to prove it.
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