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How to Respect the French Highway Code

How to Respect the French Highway Code

Cyclists can practise their favorite sport in and around Lyon, especially in the regions of the Pilat, the Mont d'Or, the Dombes and the Monts du Lyonnais. However, they should always respect the French highway code. Hélène Billiet shares information on the Highway Code for both motorists and cyclists and gives tips on what to do in the event of an accident.

Cyclists can practise their favorite sport in and around Lyon, especially in the regions of the Pilat, the Mont d'Or, the Dombes and the Monts du Lyonnais. However, they should always respect the French highway code.

The highway Code for Cyclists

You must respect all the general rules of the Highway Code:

  1. Always wear a helmet
  2. Have a well-equipped bike
  3. Have an insurance policy
  4. Adapt my way of driving to the traffic conditions
  5. Keep a safe security distance from the cyclist in front of me
  6. Do your best to be seen on the road all the time
  7. Choose an itinerary that corresponds to your level
  8. Drive without endangering the others’ security and your own
  9. Know what to do in case of a road accident (emergency units telephone numbers)
  10. Respect the environment
  11. Respect anybody using the road
  12. Respect the rules stipulated by the organizers of any biking event
ҬӬDrivers and cyclists must respect the safety rules of the Highway Code as they are stipulated in 414-4 I and IV 431-7 articles.
  1. When over passing a vehicle or a bike, make sure you have 1 m distance in town or 1.50 m distance out of town from the over passed vehicle or bike.
  2. Cyclists or motorcyclists without any side-car or trailer must drive in two on the road. Once the sun has fallen or if another vehicle wants to over pass them, they must follow in one queue.
In case you witness somebody falling out of his bike

Do not forget to protect yourself and the victim, keep any danger away from the victim, put a safety road sign 150 m up and down the danger area.ӬӬ

Call the emergency services (n° 15, 18 or 112) :

  1. Give them your name and telephone number
  2. Tell them about the place where you are
  3. Describe what has happened and when
  4. Give information about the victim: age, his physical state: does he answer questions, can he move all his body parts, does he suffer from hemorrhages, injuries, bleedings”¦, is he weakening?
  5. Give information about any dangers of fire, collision”¦ and wait for the orders of the emergency unit

The victim is unconscious:

  • If he is still breathing, lay him down in a fetus-like position, take off his helmet if you can and put away any obstacle that could prevent him from breathing, cover him up.
  • If he does not breathe, move his head in the back, open his mouth and take off any dentals or earth”¦
  • Close his nose with your thumb and forefinger, breathe in and then out in the victim’s mouth every 2 seconds.
  • If he is conscious, keep talking to him and stop any bleeding, do not try to move his body.
About the Author: Hélène Billiet likes to share her experience of the Lyon region of France, and is the founder of Lyon City Blog  

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