It is important to know the traffic rules when you are cycling in another country.
If you have been to the Netherlands, you will recognize some of the things in these pictures – multiple children or pets on bikes, moving furniture, no helmets, etc. Believe it or not – All of these things are legal in the Netherlands!
Requirements when cycling in the Netherlands
- You have to have a bell on your bike
- You have to have lights on your bike and reflectors – they are very strict about this! Please visit Holland-Cycling.com where they go into detail of the specifics of the lights/reflectors that are allowed and not allowed.
- Not all e-bikes are classed as bikes. A Speed Pedelec that goes up to 45 km is classed as a moped and follows different rules.
- You have to bike on the right side of the road.
- Follow signs when a bike path is mandatory or optional.
- You are not allowed to ride on the pavement or in pedestrian areas.
- You have to indicate your left/right turns
- You do NOT have to wear a helmet. Wow!!! This one is shocking to me as in Canada (where I am located) this has been law for under 18 for a very long time.
- You are allowed passengers on the front or back. Children under 8 have to be in a bike seat as per requirements.
- As of July 1, 2019 you will not be allowed to use phone or GPS while biking
- You are allowed to listen to music although it is not encouraged as it is a distraction and can cause accidents.
- Just like other countries you have to stop for red lights.
- You may not drive under the influence of alcohol.
Please visit Holland-Cycling.com as they have detailed information on all of these rules if needed. Wikepedia has a list of traffic signs for Netherlands that you should review before cycling in the Netherlands.
When we go on our cycling trip around the Isjelmeer in 2020, I guess before we get into the beer and wine we better make sure that we are done cycling for the day. 🙂