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1. Posted by cat.mau (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'll going to Zurich soon and I'm just wondering if riding a bike around the city is a feasible way of visiting different places in the city? What are the road rules for bikes or can I ride on the pedestrian path?


2. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Cat,

You should be able to ride a bike in Zürich. The bike lane is normally marked with a yellow line. Otherwise there are special signs so direct you. You will easily identify them, because it has a bicycle on it. I wouldn't ride a bike on the pedestrian path, the police might catch you.

But be aware we ride on the right side!!

There are good bicycle maps available in book stores.


3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

This is what I found on the offical Zurich tourism site..
Bicycle routes are clearly marked with red and white signs and there are frequently yellow lanes on the streets created exclusively for bikes. Biking is a common means of transportation for both young and old. It is an education in itself to sit and watch all of the variations in biking that pass your way: The variety of helmets and coordinated body-hugging outfits are the first things that catches your eye. The next peculiarity is the range of bikes that are on the market. Anything from a model that allows you to practically lie down and pedal, to one that has you dragging your kids or dog in an aerodynamic trailer. The tandem has become rather matter of fact in this world of biking! Specific maps for biking routes can be purchased in most bookstores.
Primary school children are given the opportunity to participate in an official safety test which determines if they are ready to bike in traffic.
Hope that helps :)

4. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Cat,

Are you taking your own bike or renting one out there? As you must remember that in Switzerland you need to have a road tax disc for bikes (usually about SFr 10 annuallly and available from Police stations or probably Swiss embassies before you leave!). Your bike also has to be in complete working order and have lights if your gonna ride in the dark etc. Swiss police are quite strict when it comes to cycling. I would not cycling on the pedesrain paths either as its severely frowned upon and you will be fined if caught by police. The drivers are very good with leaving enough room for cyclists on the roads, so you will have no problems there. I also think that it is now obligatory to wear a helmet if bcycling on main roads, so you'de better check that out. But it is a great way to see the city. Trams, trains and buses are very bike-friendly and usually have racks on the back or special carraiges for bike transportation.

5. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Wearing a helmet in Switzerland is not mandatory yet, but will come sooner or later.

If you decide to rent a bike, the insurance should be already payed, you will easily identify that if you see a sticker with "05" on it.

I guess you can borrow a bike in Zürich for free, as in other big cities in Switzerland. Normally you just have to deposit your ID. But check at the tourist information if Zürich offers this (I know this from Lausanne and Geneve)