Look Ma, no hands. Look Ma, no money!
There’s a lot to admire about cycling in Denmark, but high levels of bike traffic apparently comes with heavy handed traffic rules.
Denmark’s Folketing updated several traffic fines last March. They become effective with the New Year, 2012. Cycling with no hands carries a fine of 700 kroners — equivalent to about US$120.
I don’t know what enforcement is like in Copenhagen and other Danish cities, but maybe Mikael and other Danes can inform us. In the US, many of these bike laws are used as justification to pull over suspicious characters on bikes.
Other fines for scofflaw bikers include:
* Riding without lights at night: 700 kr
* Using a phone: 1,000 kr
* Missing or defective brakes or reflectors: 700 kr
* Running a red light: 1,000 kr
* Cycling against traffic: 1,000 kr
* Cycling across a pedestrian crossing: 700 kr
* Cycling the wrong way on a cycle path: 700 kr
* Not respecting traffic signs or arrows: 700 kr
* Violating the right of way: 1,000 kr
* Failure to signal a turn or stop: 700 kr
* Sidewalk cycling: 700 kr
* Holding onto a vehicle (i.e. “skitching”: 700 kr
* Having two or more people on a regular bicycle: 700 kr per person
* Wrong position while/before turning: 700 kr
* Non-functioning bell: Warning
1000 kr is about US$170.
More about this at the Copenhagen Post.