How to Cycle in Sweden; the Rules

Like Danes, the Swedish use cycling for functional purposes. With bike tracks established in almost every town in Sweden, it can only be fair to say that the country is a cycling nation. Generally, citizens respect the traffic rules of the state, and drivers tend to be thoughtful of cyclists.

As a cyclist in Sweden, no one will be responsible for your failure to observe the country’s cycling rules. And of course, “ignorance is not a defence in the court of law.” So, you will want to get informed before attempting to saddle up. Although this article does not contain all the Swedish cycling rules, it summarises the most important ones.

Bicycle Requirements

Your bike must have two lights; red and white. While the red light points straight back, the white light should look forward, and they should be in use from sunset to sunrise. Your bicycle is also required to have at least one brake that is functional. You also need to have reflectors on your bike; a rear reflector (red), a front reflector (white), and pedal reflectors. While it is not specified as to how it should look, a bell is a must.

Hand Signals

Hand signals must be used when communicating your intention to other cyclists or drivers. You will be required to extend one of your arms upwards when you want to stop. Extend the right arm or left arm sideways, when turning right and left, respectively.

Other Rules

While cycling, you must:

  • Not use your phone
  • Keep right; never cycle against the traffic flow
  • Not ride on the areas or paths dedicated for pedestrians; ride on the right side of the road if there is no bike path
  • Not carry another person on your bike, save for a child, who must be in a child seat
  • Avoid riding when drunk