Fines for breaking cycling rules.
Riding a bicycle in Denmark is just as common as driving a car, the only difference being that you need a driving license for the latter. However, not needing to take classes or passing a test for riding a bike does not mean that there are no rules for biking and that you can’t get fined for breaking those rules.
We think that it might be useful to know what you are actually allowed to do and what not while riding a bike. It seems as certain punishable activities are labelled as “myths” by cyclists here in Denmark. Probably number one myth is that if you ride a bicycle while drunk and you are also a driving license owner, your license will be detained. FALSE! Nobody will ask for your driving license if you are caught cycling drunk, however, the police will fine you with the amount of 1500 Dkk. This is one of the highest fines you can receive for wreckless behaviour while cycling and it is considered to be the most dangerous activity as well. You are not only putting yourself in danger but also all the other traffic participants.
The other activities which might cost you a pretty penny are the following:
You receive a fine of 700 Dkk for:
- cycling without proper lights during dark hours
- cycling with faulty breaks
- ride your bike on the pedestrian side or places marked as footpaths
- ride your bike on a bicycle lane in the opposite direction than the one indicated by signs
- cycling without your hands on the handlebars
- you don’t signal when stopping or changing direction
- you don’t respect signs and markings
- cycle while holding onto another vehicle
- two people are riding on the same (non-tandem) bike – *Each person receives a fine
You receive a fine of 1000 Dkk for:
- riding your bike over a red light
- riding your bike in the opposite direction of the car traffic
- using your mobile phone (handheld) while cycling
If you have any other questions about cycling rules in Denmark or if you are unsure if a situation you have been in was legal or not, feel free to tell us about it in the comments and we will get back with an answer.
Balint Hentersays November 18, 2019 at 11:23
Very instructive, thanks for the information.
Mireiasays June 28, 2022 at 13:01
Dear Expat Solution Team,
I recently got a very high fine for riding my e-bike properly and following all the traffic rules.
The police officer apply the mopped rules to my e-bike and gave me a ticket for not having an insurance and not wearing a helmet.
That happened in October 2021 and I just received the ticket last week.
How can I officially say that I’m against this fine since I can prove I was riding an e-bike?
What are the steps I should follow?
Thanks for your help,
Madalina Hentersays July 26, 2022 at 11:00
If your bike can reach a speed of 45km/h then you need to have insurance and wear a helmet. If not, then you can simply call the police department that issued the fine and ask them for an email where you can send proof of your e-bike specifications.