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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Cycling safely

​Always ride within your limits. If you're returning to cycling after a long break, or you don’t feel very confident about cycling on the road, go out cycling with someone who has experience of riding on the road and let them help you to build your confidence and riding skill.

You can find information on refresher courses on starting to cycle.

Cycling in Jersey on Jersey Road Safety website 

Cycling on Jersey roads

When cycling on Jersey roads, you:

  • cannot give someone a lift on your bike. Unless it's designed for 2 people, such as a tandem bike
  • must not ride on a pavement. Unless there is a sign saying you can
  • should not ride through a red traffic light
  • must not ride more than 2 abreast (more than 2 cyclists next to each other) on a main road
  • should not ride the wrong way up a No Entry sign. Unless there is a sign saying you can
  • must follow the rules set out in the Jersey Highway Code
  • must obey all traffic signs in the Jersey Highway Code
  • must not ride carelessly or dangerously
  • cannot ride an electric bike until you are aged 14 or over

Adults can be prosecuted for riding a bike under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The motor on an electric bike should not be able to propel you at more than 15 miles per hour.

Jersey Highway Code

Road Traffic (No. 60) (Jersey) Regulations 2014 on Jersey Law website

Pedal Cycles (Amendment No 2) (Jersey) Order 2014 on Jersey Law website

Who must wear cycle helmets

Children aged 13 and under must wear a cycle helmet on a pedal bike or in a trailer pulled by a pedal bike, on a road or cycle track.

If your child doesn't comply with the law you can be fined.

The helmet must:

  • be the correct size, adjusted and positioned to fit the child
  • be securely fastened to the child’s head
  • have been made no more than 10 years ago
  • comply with a standard set out in the law

When a child does not have to wear a helmet

A child may not need to wear a helmet if, for example:

  • cycling on a beach
  • cycling a pedal bike with 4 wheels or more on a cycle track
  • they are a Sikh child wearing a turban
  • they are the right height and weight to be kept safe by the safety belt in some types of trailers

Cycle maintenance

Your bike should be maintained on a regular basis.

Maintenance courses are available at local cycle shops that can teach you basic knowledge. They also provide servicing and repairs.

To ride your bike on Jersey roads it must have a working:

  • set of brakes
  • bell
  • when riding at night, white light at the front and red light at the back
  • when riding at night, red reflector at the back, pedal reflectors and white reflector at the front and 1 on each wheel

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