Sharing the Road

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Sharing the Road

Ride Sharing the Road

Although you may need some time to practice and feel comfortable on the road,
you can start cycling right now in a safe, assertive and predictable way
knowing what the risks are and how to avoid them,
as well as to overcome the most common situations you will find as a cyclist.

Sharing the road with other vehicles is easy
as most drivers will slow down and give you room.

Just cycle on the road in a confident and predictable way like you do when driving a car.

Ultimately be safe and do not endanger other road users.
Act like traffic.

Bicycles are considered vehicles when traveling on the road

  • Always ride in same direction as traffic
  • Use hand signals to communicate your intentions
  • Be Predictable, Stay Alert and Obey traffic laws

BIKE LANES vs CYCLING ON ROAD (Vehicular Cycling)

Bicycle Lanes
  • Are rare and unfortunately not very well designed nor connected …………………………………………………………………………..
  • Slower riding, loose the right of way and still have to deal with pedestrians/pets walking on them
  • More intersections raise safety and flow issues

Cycling on the Street/Road
  • According to Portuguese Highway Code bicycles, like other vehicles, must, and have the right to travel on streets
  • Bicycles are considered vehicles when traveling on the road ……………………………………………………………………………
  • Bicycles have the right of way when showing from the right and when inside roundabouts
  • Cycling on sidewalks is not allowed except for children under 10
Why Bicycle Lanes?
Bike lanes may be the best way for some to start riding around town and are ideal for children.
Why Cycling on the Street/Road?
You will soon realize traffic patterns and local drivers present no problems to those further exploring on bicycle.