When you ride your bike, whether mechanical or electrically assisted, you must comply with certain regulations.
Helmets are compulsory for children under 12 since March 22, 2017, whether they are drivers or passengers of a bicycle in a baby seat, for example.
Outside built-up areas, wearing a reflective vest is compulsory at night and during the day in the event of poor visibility.
It is strictly forbidden to drive on the sidewalks.
Be careful not to telephone while pedaling. Violators are liable to a fine of € 135. It is the same ticket as for a motorist but without a loss of points. Driving with headphones is also prohibited.
No question, either, of going on a bike after drinking too much. The ticket can reach up to € 750. Knowing that in the event of heavy alcohol consumption, it can be a crime. And the cyclist can then end up in court. And if necessary, then receive a suspension of his driving license.
At night, or in low light conditions, the bicycle must be equipped with yellow front light and red rear light. You must have an audible warning and three types of retro-reflectors: white at the front, red at the rear and orange on the side of the pedals.
There is no compulsory insurance to ride a bicycle. However, you must be insured for civil liability in the event of damage to a third party.
It is still advisable to ensure your bike against theft or breakage, especially if its market value is high.
Wearing special bike mittens, or even gloves is not negligible in the event of a fall.