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Road cycling in Rauma.
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson / Visitnorway.com
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Set the wheels of safety in motion

Whether you’re on two wheels or four – or sixteen, for that matter – you want to keep them all firmly on the road where they are supposed to be. Whatever your vehicle, here are some tips to keep you on the straight and narrow.


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Biking on the roads in Norway means you have to follow much the same rules as cars and motorcycles do: Keep to the right, give way to those coming from your right, and don’t drink and bike. The same traffic regulations and road signs apply to you as to cars and other vehicles on the roads.

As a bicyclist you have some more options, however. You may bike on the pavement if no bike lane is available, as long as you adapt your speed to that of the pedestrians. You may bike across pedestrian crossings, but cars will not be obliged to stop for you unless you dismount and cross the road on foot.

You may not bike on motorways and dual carriageways, as well as in some tunnels. This will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

Before you turn left or right, indicate the direction by extending your hand. You may not bike against the direction of traffic in a one-way street, unless permission to do so is specifically indicated on traffic signs.

Always wear a helmet when biking. Wearing a high visibility vest is not mandatory, but is still a good idea. Also note that only children under the age of 10 may be carried as passengers on a bicycle.

You need to know

Emergency telephone numbers

  • 110 – Fire
  • 112 – Police
  • 113 – Ambulance
  • 120 – Emergency at sea
  • 22 59 13 00 – Poisons Information Centre
  • 1412 TDD (textphone for the deaf or hearing impaired)

Your bike must have:

  • A red reflector in the rear.
  • White or yellow reflectors on the pedals.
  • Two brakes that work independently of each other.
  • A bicycle bell.
  • White or yellow light in the front, and a red light in the back, in darkness or poor visibility.
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