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Cyclists and moped drivers target of police campaign this week

Reckless and risk taking cyclists and moped drivers pose a threat in the traffic, to themselves and other road users. A police campaign is to make them more aware of this.

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By Bente D. Knudsen   Picture: NH Lindegaard

Reckless cyclists and moped drivers with no regard for the traffic regulations pose an increasing risk, both to themselves but also to other road users.

This week the Danish police will be on the lookout for them.

Danish police will be looking for what they call the soft road users’ lack of respect for the traffic regulations, such as passing at red lights, driving on pavements and in pedestrian zones, and in general not considering other road-users at all in their behaviour in the traffic.

The campaign will run until 31 Ocotober targeting cyclists and moped drivers.

The reason is the high level of accidents involving these soft road users, who have a higher risk of fatal or very grave accidents.

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In 2020, 28 cyclists and 7 moped drivers were killed in the traffic, and a further 799 cyclists and 257 moped drivers were injured, the police write in a press release.

Unfortunately, so the police reports, a range of accidents were due to the many risks taken by cyclists and moped drivers on the road and their general disregard for the traffic regulations.

When mopeds, who can use the bicycle paths, drive at a higher speed than allowed, they pose a grave risk; both for themselves but also for other road users.

They also create a feeling of insecurity for cyclists and pedestrians.

The campaign aims at creating awareness amongst cyclists and moped drivers that they are “soft” targets in the traffic and therefore more at risk of serious accidents – even deadly ones – if they do not abide by the traffic regulations.

It can be pricey not to abide by the law, for instance passing at a red light is fined with DKK 1,000.

If you are in doubt as to which rules apply when cycling in Denmark, you can find more information in our article on cycling in Denmark here 

See the fines and amounts below.



No lights on when they must be; DKK 700
Holding your mobile phone with your hands while cycling: DKK 1,000
Faulty breaks/reflects and other faults: DKK 700
Passing a red light: DKK 1,000
Cycling/driving in the wrong direction: DKK 1,000
Cycling in a pedestrian crossing: DKK 700
Cycling on the pedestrian path in the wrong direction: DKK 700
Not giving signs with your hands: DKK 700
Cycling on a pedestrian pavement: DKK 700
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