The ultimate guide for cycling in Groningen: road signs
Everyone who is staying in Groningen – be it for a six-month exchange programme or a 3-year BA programme, must be well acquainted with the traffic rules for cyclists in order to be sure they are safe on their bike. Groningen is known as the “World’s Cycling City” where 60% of the trips are made by bike. Hence, it is understandable that there are a way too many cyclists here and no one is immune from cycling accidents.
Yet, if you know the rules, you have nothing to worry about. In my last blog post I told you all you need to know about traffic rules for cyclists. Now it’s time to get acquainted with the road signs for cyclists.
Obligatory bike lane – if you see this road sign, it means you are obliged to cycle on the bike lane.
Optional bike lane – if you see this road sign (fietspad = bike lane), it means this is a recommended bike lane but you can choose whether or not to cycle on it.
Except for bicycles and mopeds - if you see this road sign (uitgezonderd = except for), it means no vehicles are allowed to enter this road except for bicycles and mopeds.
No access for bicycles, mopeds, and other slow vehicles – if you see this road sign, it means you are not allowed to cycle on this road.
Green traffic light for all cyclists – if you see this road sign (tegelijk groen = simultaneous green), it means the traffic light is green for all cyclists from all directions. You have to be extra careful in this case and watch out for other cyclists.
No parking for bikes - if you see this sign (verboden fietsen te plaatsen/geen fietsen plaatsen = no parking for bicycles), you must not park your bike in the area or you risk getting a fine.
Cyclists can turn right even if the traffic light is red – if you see this road sign (rechtsaf voor fietsers vrij = turning right for cyclists is free), you can turn right even if the traffic light is red. However, watch out for pedestrians that might be crossing the road as the traffic light is green for them.
These are some of the most important road signs for cyclists you need to know. Don’t forget to always watch out, especially when it’s dark or rainy, but mostly, don’t forget to enjoy! Cycling in the beautiful city of Groningen is one of the best experiences you can have while in the city!