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Are electric bicycle head/tail lights compulsory in Switzerland

there is a mountain bike without electric head/tail lights, should I be punished somewhen by random inspection? Or it's better to install a light set myself?

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Re: Are electric bicycle head/tail lights compulsory in Switzerland

No. As long as you use it in the daytime as a mountain bike.
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Old 29.04.2010, 11:56
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Re: Are electric bicycle head/tail lights compulsory in Switzerland

Not sure about lights, but a mate was stopped and fined in Bern for not having a bell . When told the bike had been bought without a bell, the policeman said he should go back to the shop and demand a bell be mounted.
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Re: Are electric bicycle head/tail lights compulsory in Switzerland

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No. As long as you use it in the daytime as a mountain bike.


You know, in winter the daytime is rather short. it's completely dark at 6 pm, should I get problem with that "mountainbike"?
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Not sure about lights, but a mate was stopped and fined in Bern for not having a bell . When told the bike had been bought without a bell, the policeman said he should go back to the shop and demand a bell be mounted.

Strange things always happen.
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Old 29.04.2010, 14:27
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Re: Are electric bicycle head/tail lights compulsory in Switzerland

If you are riding your bike on the streets in difficult visibility conditions, you have to have front and back lights. Install the things for the removable lights so you can adapt to conditions and are fine.

You are not fine, if you forget to take the lights with you in the first place, ride back home in the dark and get stopped. Or you install the lights and forget to take them off when you leave your bike, come back and they're not there anymore. So you ride back home in the dark and get stopped... happens all the time to a friend

Other cycling regulations see here Does bicycle need licence (last post on first page)


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You know, in winter the daytime is rather short. it's completely dark at 6 pm, should I get problem with that "mountainbike"?
Then you have to push it home. In the dark you have to have lights. But your bike doesn't have to be equipped with them any more and for mountain bikes (also I suppose racing bikes) this is no problem.

He's right about the bell, though. Pointless as shouting "out of the way you bast**ds" is much more effective. But still required.
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...You are not fine, if you forget to take the lights with you in the first place, ride back home in the dark and get stopped...
Or indeed, you get hit by a car, because it is extremely difficult at night to spot cyclists who haven't got lights! You might be able to see us, but we can't see you.
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Or indeed, you get hit by a car, because it is extremely difficult at night to spot cyclists who haven't got lights! You might be able to see us, but we can't see you.
yes you are right! sorry, that was a dumb comment. Well I was dumb anyway.....but I should have written happened. After I got hit by a car (night+rain, with lights and reflectors though) I'm much more cautious. Better to walk home and be safe than trying to save couple of minutes and endanger others and yourself. Same goes for drunk driving...
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