A new road traffic law will come into force on Monday, but not all new signs and markings are in place yet.

One of the essential changes for cyclists and motorists is that the signs of the duty to avoid the road crossing the cycle path extension are changing.

The extension of the bike path is the point where the bike path intersects with the roadway. The extension of the bike path is indicated by two white dashed lines or a black stripe in the protective road painting.

Although the guardrail may be crossed by bike, in this situation the cyclist is obliged to avoid, unless the road signs indicate otherwise.

Photo: Emma Kantanen

Although the signs of the avoidance obligation change, the rules of avoidance at the extension of the bike path do not change.

In future, the obligation for motorists to avoid the cycle path extension will always be marked with a triangle, stop sign or other traffic sign. These markings must be implemented by summer 2023.

The Cyclists' Association emphasizes in its press release that "if no traffic sign is installed, the cyclist is obliged to avoid the extension of the cycle path."

The Cyclists ’Interest Group emphasizes that the transition period requires special attention.

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Other cycling-related reforms include:

  • If the cycle path is on the left side of the road in relation to the direction of travel, the cyclist may also drive on the small side of the road or on the carriageway if it is safer due to the route or other similar reason.

  • In the future, it will be possible to allow cycling in both directions on one-way streets. This is indicated on the additional plate. A one-way street should not automatically be driven in either direction, but the cyclist should make sure that it is allowed on a particular stretch of street.

  • In the future, a busy cycling route can be marked as a bike street. Other vehicles can also travel on the bike path, but cyclists determine the pace of traffic and are given priority. The speed limit is a maximum of 30 km / h. For pedestrians, there is usually a sidewalk on the bike path. The bike path is identified by a traffic sign.

  • In the future, the cycle path will be one-way in principle. If the cycle path is two-way, it will be marked with an additional sign. However, the transition period for the installation of additional plates will last until 1.6.2027. A one-way bike path is also identified by the fact that it is not marked as a bike path for those coming from the wrong direction.

  • The cyclist must use the red tail light in the dark and twilight.