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Cyclists in traffic: the 15 basic rules they should know and respect


In order to ride a bicycle, you must comply with mandatory rules by law. What can be done and what is prohibited in the City of Buenos Aires.

To drive cars and motorcycles it is a requirement to demonstrate that you know the traffic regulations: only then can you obtain a driver's license.

To ride a bicycle, on the other hand, you do not need an official permit or take tests.

But that does not mean that those who get on a bike can 

do anything




that cyclists have in traffic are multiple, they are

determined by law

and it is key for anyone to know them in detail before going out to pedal.

First, because they are designed to preserve their own


, as well as that of other users of the public highway.

And second, because driving in violation can have

civil and criminal consequences

in the event of a road incident.

In the City of Buenos Aires, the

basic rules

that every cyclist should

know and comply with

arise mainly from the National Traffic Law 24,449 and the Buenos Aires Traffic and Transportation Code (law 2,148).


one by one

, the most important ones to take into account.

Although all cyclists should wear a helmet, there are those who ignore that obligation.

Photo: Juano Tesone.

The 15 key rules you should follow when riding a bike in Buenos Aires

1. The general rules of the road


Unless otherwise indicated, it is mandatory to obey the rules, signs and signs that regulate the use of public roads.

This includes, for example, 

respecting the traffic lights

(never pass on red) and the

direction of traffic

(do not go the wrong way), as well as the

right of way

for pedestrians.

2. The correct driving position


It is required by law to keep both

hands on the handlebars

and all



contact with the ground


This prevents people from using a cell phone, with their hands raised, or wheelieing


advancing on a single wheel), among other risky behaviors.

3. The children, on the sidewalk


Children under

12 years of age

 are not allowed to ride a bicycle on the street (or road): they must go on the sidewalk (or sidewalk), at the lowest possible speed and allowing pedestrians to pass.

Boys can only travel on a street or avenue, joining the traffic, 


 by a cyclist

18 years

of age or older. 

4. Companions, prohibited


On board a bicycle there can be no more people than seats.

Therefore, on a common bike, the driver should not carry anyone sitting on the handlebars or standing on the axis of the rear wheel, for example.

An adult can take a 


, secured in a

special seat


5. The charge, limited


On a bike, you can only carry packages or luggage that are "

firmly secured

" to the vehicle, that do not affect its


, that do not protrude (neither in width nor in length) and that do not hinder driving.

The law requires you to keep both hands on the handlebars.

Photo: German Garcia Adrasti.

6. The advance, in a straight line


Zigzag driving is not allowed.

7. Strength, always own


It is forbidden to circulate 

holding on to another

 vehicle (such as a car or a motorcycle) to propel yourself.

Whoever wants to do less force - if he is 16 years old or older - can use a bicycle with electrically assisted pedaling.

8. Highways refrain


Bicycles are not allowed on these expressways.

In the Capital, the prohibition includes the Illia, 25 de Mayo, Perito Moreno, Cámpora and 9 de Julio Sur highways.

Nor can you ride a bike on the central roads of

General Paz

, Dellepiane, Cantilo, Lugones and 

9 de Julio

avenues .

9. In pedestrian streets, get off


Bicycles cannot ride on the sidewalk (except those under 12 years of age) and they are also prohibited from riding on arteries marked as exclusive for pedestrians.

The cyclist, to cross these areas, must get off and continue on foot.

10. If there is a bike lane, use it


If there is a bike lane or bike path on a street or avenue, the cyclist must ride on them.

And if there is no exclusive lane, go to the


, except to overtake a stopped or slower vehicle.

When there are cycle lanes available, it is mandatory to use them.

Photo: Luciano Thieberger.

11. Announce the turns


The duty to anticipate turning maneuvers is not only valid for cars and motorcycles.

Even though the cyclist does not have turn signals, it is up to the cyclist to indicate

with his hand

where he is going to turn.

12. The helmet, essential


Taking it is not optional.

The law requires that cyclists always wear an


protective helmet .

13. Other mandatory accessories


To be able to circulate, every bicycle should also have:

  • Front and rear brakes

    actuated from the handlebars.

  • Rearview mirrors


    both sides


  • Bell

    or horn.

  • Mudguards

    on both wheels.

  • Reflective signage

     forward and backward.

  • Lights

    : one red at the rear and one white at the front, visible from at least 100 meters away at night.

14. The clothes, tight


The cyclist should not wear loose clothing that could get caught.

The law also requires clothing to be "preferably



15. The footwear, firm


Finally, it is mandatory to have "shoes that securely hold the pedals" on your feet, which leaves out, for example, flip



Cyclists should wear light clothing and anticipate their turns.

Photo: Maxi Failla.

What else is advised to ride a bike safely

In its Cyclist Manual, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires also




Periodically check

the brakes, the inflation of the wheels and that the chain is well lubricated (neither dry nor rusty).


1.5 meters

away from

parked cars

to avoid hitting doors.


Do not overtake

trucks and buses

on the right

, since they usually approach the sidewalk to stop and may not see the cyclist.

-In addition to holding the handlebars with both hands, keep your

fingers resting

on the

right brake


-Do not wear hanging

clothing or objects

-such as scarves or bags- that could get caught and block the chain or wheels.

-Avoid carrying objects of more than

5 kilos

in the basket.


 as far as possible traveling through


, since they tend to have more traffic and at a higher speed than the streets


-Pay close

attention to the road

all the time to be able to avoid sharp objects and irregularities in time.

If there is a pothole in a bike lane, you can report it to 




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Source: clarin

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