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Rules on cycle tracks for other road users


No vehicle (other than a motorised wheelchair) may cross into or over a mandatory cycle track unless the driver is entering or leaving a place or a side road.


No driver may park a vehicle in a mandatory cycle track.

A driver may park in a non-mandatory cycle track for up to 30 minutes, but only if they are loading or unloading their vehicle and there is no alternative parking available. Remember the basic duty of care and do not obstruct a cycle track.

If a driver parks their vehicle in a cycle track that operates for only some of the day (shown on an information plate under the cycle track sign), they must move the vehicle by the time the next operating period starts.

If there is no information plate, it means the cycle track operates all the time and no parking is allowed.


Start of cycle track
End of cycle track
Information plate
Start of cycle track
End of cycle track
Information plate


The table below sets down particular road traffic rules on cycling which you must obey.

Do cycle in single file when overtaking.
Do allow extra space when overtaking parked vehicles as the doors may open suddenly.
Do cycle on cycle tracks where they are provided.
Do cycle in single file if cycling beside another person would endanger, inconvenience or block other traffic or pedestrians.
Do cycle in single file in heavy traffic.
Do give your name and address, if requested, to a Garda.
Do obey signals given by a Garda or school warden.
Do obey all rules applying to road traffic signs and road markings, including signs and signals at traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, pelican crossings, level crossings and zebra crossings.
Do know the meaning of hand signals for cyclists and use them when cycling.
Don't ever ride or attempt to ride a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Don't ever ride on or across a footpath, other than where a cycle track is provided on the footpath.
Don't ever hold on to a moving vehicle.
Don't ever cycle side-by-side with more than one cyclist.
Don't ever cycle against the flow of traffic on one-way streets.
Don't ever cycle through red traffic lights or pedestrian lights.
Don't ever cycle on a motorway.
Don't ever cycle in a contra-flow bus lane, unless signs authorise it.
Don't ever cycle without appropriate lighting during hours of darkness.

The table below lists the actions that you should take or avoid taking in the interests of your safety and that of other road users.

Do keep well back when cycling behind a motor vehicle in slow-moving traffic.
Do take extra care on wet or icy roads or when it is windy.
Do use your bell as a warning device only.
Do take extra care and look well ahead for uneven road surfaces, drains and other obstructions so that you do not have to swerve suddenly in front of another vehicle.
Do use a bus lane, and be extra vigilant when a bus is stopped and about to move off from the stop.
Don't ever hold on to or lean against stationary vehicles.
Don't ever weave in and out of moving traffic.
Don't ever carry a passenger unless your bicycle has been built or specially adapted to carry one.
Don't ever use a personal entertainment system when cycling.
Don't ever use a mobile phone while cycling.