Safety Tips

Help us promote proper bike use in Greece by keeping it safe for everyone! By observing simple safety measures and traffic rules, you can have a pleasant and safe ride.

  • It is recommended to wear a helmet, even on short rides, even in mild traffic routes.
  • Although not powered, the bike is considered as a vehicle and is subject to the driving laws and rules of the road.
  • Where available, use cycling facilities. There are designated bike lanes around SNFCC. Elsewhere, prefer roads without heavy traffic, where vehicles move at low speed.
  • Assess risks on your route and adjust your speed and behavior accordingly.
  • Drive assertively to prevent other drivers from driving aggressively and ignoring you.
  • Keep a safe distance from pedestrians, the edge of the pavement, the sidewalk, moving and parked vehicles.
  • Try to move in the rightmost lane, unless you intend to overtake or turn left.
  • If driving on highways, it is preferable to cover the entire lane with your bike to enable drivers to pay more attention to you.
  • Check before crossing an intersection, even when the traffic light is green.
  • Promptly choose the appropriate lane, warning other drivers if you intend to turn:The course of the bike must be steady to enable a good balance. Avoid abrupt maneuvers.
    • To turn left, raise your left hand
    • To turn right, raise your right hand
    • To signal slowing down, move your extended palm up and down
  • Hold the handlebar loosely but firmly with both hands (unless you intend to make a warning signal).
  • Before overtaking a barrier or vehicle, check all around you, especially behind you. Evaluate the speed and position of vehicles on the roadway and then overtake carefully, keeping safe distances.While being overtaken by another vehicle, do not change course. Hold the bike handlebars with a relaxed but firm grip to restrict the impact of the volume of air of the overtaking vehicle.
    • Keep a minimum distance of 1 to 1.50 meter while overtaking.
    • Remember that you must always overtake from the left.
  • When cycling on an expressway, riding slowly is not necessarily the safest option. The more vehicles overtake you, the better.
  • When crossing a street on a crosswalk or an island, it is safest to dismount the bike and cross over walking the bike.
  • When getting on or off the sidewalk, move at a right angle and lift yourself slightly up from the saddle for your safety and bike protection.Exercise extreme caution when the road surface is moist, or in the presence of water, ice, soap, sand, gravel, oil, grease, etc.
    • Throw your weight forward to get on the sidewalk
    • Throw your weight back to get off the sidewalk
    • Railways or tramways, sewer grates, etc. should be crossed at a right angle.
  • When turning at a signalized intersection with flashing orange arrows, be very careful and yield the right of way to crossing pedestrians.
  • Avoid cycling on sidewalks and pedestrian streets during peak traffic hours.
  • Pay particular attention to children, the elderly, the disabled and animals.
  • When driving at night, use large headlights and taillights, wear a reflective vest and avoid dark clothes, so as to maximize your visibility.
  • Avoid risky and daring actions.
  • If you feel any discomfort, get some rest, accept help and in case of major discomfort ask for help.

The bike is a vehicle and cycling falls within the rules of the Code of Road Safety [KOK] (Ν.2696/1999, ΦΕΚ 57/Α/23.03.1999). Specific provisions for cyclists are set out in Article 40 of the Code of Road Safety.