Barcelona is a great city for getting around on bike. But its history of cycling is relatively recent. Even though there are more than 100/180 km of cycle lanes, there are still many stretches where you have to choose between taking the road or the pavement. So what exactly is the right way to cycle, and what isn’t?
You can read all about Barcelona’s traffic regulations concerning bicycles following this link. And to make traffic laws easier to digest, we have summarised the most important points to keep in mind in the list below.
SUMMARY OF CYCLING REGULATIONS:
Use of designated bicycle lanes is mandatory.
Cycling on bicycle lanes:
Pedestrians crossing always have priority.
When there’s no bicycle lane: use the roads or broad, empty pavements (5m).
Cycling on pavements:
Only cycle on pavements wider than 5m.
Keep at least 1m distance from pedestrians.
When it’s busy, walk next to your bike.
Adjust your speed to the pedestrians’ (10km/h max).
Always give priority to pedestrians.
Keep a distance of at least 1m from the façades of buildings.
Cycling on the road:
Use the lane closest to the pavement.
Do not use the bus lane.
Fixed lights are mandatory at night or whenever visibility is bad.
The use of helmets is mandatory for children up to 16.
Only one person is allowed per bike, with the exception of children up to 7 years old in an appropriate seat.
No cycling is permitted on the pedestrian part of the Ramblas and on the pavement of other emblematic roads.
Park your bike only in designated areas, and do not attach it to trees, urban furniture et cetera: the police might remove badly parked bikes.
The fines that apply to cyclists are the same as those for drivers of cars and motorcycles/motorists: cycling through a red light is fined with €200.
IMPORTANT: This information might not be up to date.
Please refer to this link for the latest version of the official regulations.