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Road Safety in France

In France, cyclists must respect traffic regulations. Always take care when cycling, especially in places where you have to share the way with other vehicles.

Cyclists must, by law, abide by the regulations of the French Highway Code. If you break the traffic regulations, you may be liable to a fine.


Our British friends must be careful, in keeping with French regulations, to keep on the right-hand side of the road. Also take particular care at crossroads and roundabouts; with the latter, traffic will come from the left. At intersections where there are no signs, vehicles coming from the right have priority.


Further Safety Advice

  • Always take care on roads, particularly at junctions and on bridges.


  • Never cycle two or more abreast and always keep well to the right-hand side of the road.


  • Make clear hand signals when you intend to turn right or left.


  • If cycling by night or in darkness, it is compulsory to wear reflective clothing and have effective lights.


  • On greenways, give pedestrians priority and signal to them in advance that you’re passing.


  • Wear a well-fitting helmet.

Your Responsabilities

  • Remember that whenever you cycle, you do so at your own risk and that you are responsible for any accidents that occur to you or to a third party as a result of your not respecting the traffic regulations laid down in the French Highway Code, the prevailing traffic conditions or dangers in your surroundings that could normally be anticipated. 


  • You should be insured against civil liability.