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Cycling in bus lanes in Zurich

I was just curious if there is any law against cycling in bus lanes in Zurich. I often ride on Hardbrucke bridge and Langstrasse and even though there are some designated bike lanes it is quite a bit faster to just go in the bus lane (which is empty 90% of the time and if there is a bus I make sure I am not in the way).

The following link seems to suggest that this might be illegal:

http://europeancycling.blogspot.ch/2...in-zurich.html

Has anyone ever been ticketed?
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Re: Cycling in bus lanes in Zurich

isn't there actually a no cycling sign at each entry to Hardbrücke? There used to be.....
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I was just curious if there is any law against cycling in bus lanes in Zurich. I often ride on Hardbrucke bridge and Langstrasse and even though there are some designated bike lanes it is quite a bit faster to just go in the bus lane (which is empty 90% of the time and if there is a bus I make sure I am not in the way).

The following link seems to suggest that this might be illegal:

http://europeancycling.blogspot.ch/2...in-zurich.html

Has anyone ever been ticketed?
Yes, it is illegal Art. 74 Num. 4 SVS. Yes, people get fined. http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/zuerich/...story/31982082

PS: The Bus on Hardbruecke goes up to 50km/h. If you can not keep this pace you are a nuisance for any one in the bus who has to catch a train.
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Re: Cycling in bus lanes in Zurich

One has to be nuts and or ignorant to bike on Hardbrücke - seen it many times can only wonder about the ego of those bikers.. There are perfect bike paths underneath the bridge, why risk it and go among the cars? If one claims that he/she can keep the speed of 50 km/h then maybe that person shouldn't be biking in the city anyways.. (hard to see anyone biking at that speed in neighborhoods around Hardbrücke).
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Yes, it is illegal Art. 74 Num. 4 SVS. Yes, people get fined. http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/zuerich/...story/31982082

PS: The Bus on Hardbruecke goes up to 50km/h. If you can not keep this pace you are a nuisance for any one in the bus who has to catch a train.
Thanks for the links. I had a feeling that it was most likely forbidden, but was not sure. As far as nuisance goes I think that cyclists are actually more of a problem if they do use the bike path that is on that bridge, because it is shared with pedestrians who are rushing to catch their bus/train. From my experience, If I enter the bridge before the bus does, there is no way it is catching me. Yes I don't go 50km/hr, but I also don't stop at every buss stop and if I do see a bus behind me I always let it through, so there has never been an issue. Nevertheless law is law and I suppose I will look for another way.
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One has to be nuts and or ignorant to bike on Hardbrücke - seen it many times can only wonder about the ego of those bikers.. There are perfect bike paths underneath the bridge, why risk it and go among the cars? If one claims that he/she can keep the speed of 50 km/h then maybe that person shouldn't be biking in the city anyways.. (hard to see anyone biking at that speed in neighborhoods around Hardbrücke).
You can't cross the river from under the bridge.
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