Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a novice, here are a few tips to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable ride on Swiss roads.
Check the bike before heading out
Despite our constant efforts, our bikes and e-bikes can sometimes be damaged due to their frequent use. So, before you jump on, we recommend you check the condition of the bike (brakes, tyres, etc.) and adjust the saddle (heel on the pedal, knee straight). If you detect a problem, please lock the bike up again and use the app to report the damage.
The right bike
The maximum weight for PubliBike bikes and e-bikes is 140 kg. Please also note the saddle must never be pulled out from the seat post further than the minimum insertion mark.
In Switzerland, it’s not compulsory to wear a helmet on bikes and e-bikes with a speed of more than 25 km/h (the max. speed of the PubliBike e-bike is 25km/h). However, we do recommend you wear your own helmet for your complete safety.
Charge your Smartphone
Before you set off, check your smartphone is charged. To avoid any problems, register your SwissPass as a secondary access medium in your customer account. A bike reserved for an intermediate stop with a smartphone can still be re-accessed with your SwissPass if your phone is out of charge.
Respect the signs
Red lights, signs, priorities: the rules of the road must be respected by all users. Bikes can slowly pass a stationary line of vehicles on the right. Caution: you must always stop behind vehicles that are turning right however.
- Cyclists are legally required to cycle on the right. However, it is strongly recommended to keep a distance of approximately 70-100 cm from the edge of the road and solid white lines (drains, dead leaves, pot holes, cars coming too close, there are lots of hazards waiting for you right at the edge of the road!).
- Never get too close to parked vehicles: a door could open suddenly or people walk out between vehicles.
- On roundabouts or left filter lanes, cyclists should ride in the centre of the flow of traffic.
- Never stay alongside a truck or a stopping bus because you’re in the driver’s blind spot here.
- Indicate a change of direction by signalling with your arm. This is to warn other road users and allow them to adjust their speed. Before turning, always glance behind you.
- If you’re riding at night time, increase your visibility with reflective stripes or a safety vest.
- Never ride when distracted. Stopping to send a message, make a call or check your route drastically reduces the number of accidents.
Last but not least : always ride forwards :)
Sources and more information
If there’s anything you’re not certain of, sign up for a Pro Velo course: https://www.pro-velo.ch/fr/themes-et-projets/securite-routiere/formation/cours-de-conduite
Plan your route
We recommend you take the easiest, safest route to your destination. Check for cycle paths, identify narrow roads or heavy traffic.