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Bike safety

With two wheels on the road
Biking on the roads in Norway means that you have to follow much the same rules as cars and motorcycles.
Bike safety: A group of road cyclists on the Helgeland coast in Northern Norway
Road cycling on the Helgeland coast.
Photo: Olav Breen
Emergency telephone numbers

Keep in mind that there might not be cell phone coverage where you are heading. Emergency telephones can be found on mountain stretches and in tunnels.

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

Mandatory equipment:
• white or yellow light in the front
• red light in the back
• red reflector in the rear
• white or yellow reflectors on the pedals
• two brakes that work independently
• bicycle bell

In Norway, drivers and cyclists often share the road, and they must follow the same traffic rules: Keep to the right, give way to those coming from your right, and don’t drink and bike. The same road signs apply to you as to cars and other vehicles on the roads.

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

But even if you have the same rights as motorists, you are the one who will literally take the fall in an accident. So always wear a helmet when you’re on your bike. Also consider wearing a reflective safety vest, especially on busy roads.

Two people cycling on a road in Grimstad, Southern Norway
Cycling in Grimstad.
Photo: Hanne Feyling

You’re not allowed to cycle on motorways and dual carriageways, and some tunnels are off-limits if you’re travelling on two wheels. This will be clearly marked by traffic signs. has a useful map that shows which Norwegian tunnels you are allowed to cycle through.

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

Father and daughter cycling on The Atlantic Road in the Northwest, Fjord Norway
Cycling on The Atlantic Road.
Photo: CH /

Cycling with children

Children under the age of 10 may be carried as passengers on a bicycle.

If the kids are on their own bikes, they should be at least ten years old before they are allowed to cycle on a road or in a cycle lane. You must also teach them the traffic rules, and they must be mature enough to understand the overall traffic.

Your bike must have – mandatory equipment

  • white or yellow light in the front
  • red light in the back
  • red reflector in the rear
  • white or yellow reflectors on the pedals
  • two brakes that work independently
  • bicycle bell

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