Why are Traffic Officers speaking to these Cyclists?
On a routine patrol in Rojales this week, a Guardia Civil traffic patrol stopped and fined a cyclist.
When a bicycle is being ridden, it is a vehicle. Therefore it is governed by the same rules of the road as cars, vans, trucks, in fact any other vehicle.
On this particular occasion, the cyclist was observed failing to stop at a stop sign and was subsequently fined 200 euro for the offence.
Stop signs and stop lines are there to provide extra protection at junctions. Often, when these signs exist, the junction may have restricted visibility or be on a faster flowing road, and so extreme caution must be exercised and your vehicle must be brought to a complete stop.
It is perhaps even more serious for a vulnerable road user to fail to stop as the risk is far greater.
Hopefully, this particular cyclist will think twice in the future before risking his own safety and the safety of other road users.
Remember, a bicycle when ridden is a vehicle and must comply with the laws and rules of the road.