Anyone who has a scooter has obviously noticed that moving on bike paths drawn on the road can be a real plus to avoid Paris traffic jams ... But is this really allowed?
Chapter 1. Authorized gear on a bicycle lane
Section 1.1. Principle
Only "cycles" can use the cycle paths (R110-2 of the Highway Code).
Section 1.2. Definition of "cycle"
But finally, a scooter could not it be considered a cycle? It has two wheels, so ... good ...
Unfortunately for you, the definition given in point 6.10 of the article R311-1 of the Highway Traffic Act do not leave too much doubt:
Cycle: vehicle having at least two wheels and powered exclusively by the muscular energy of the persons on this vehicle, in particular using pedals or cranks;
A scooter (or even an electric bike) will not be considered as a cycle ...
Section 1.3. Definition of the bike path
The bike path (or cycle lane) unfortunately has no very precise definition.
Article R110-2 of the Highway Code just says that bike lanes are "exclusively for two or three wheel cycles"(And if not four-wheeled children's bikes, huh?" I shout at discrimination!).
But how do you make a "bike trail"?
Is it the simple fact of drawing a pictogram on the roadway that makes the track "cycle" or does it take an administrative decision taken by the town hall or the prefect?
Personally, I do not know ...
Section 1.4. Fine
The fine in case of violation of this rule is then a contravention of the 2nd class (R110-2 of the Highway Code) is :
- 150 € (131-13 of the Penal Code) or
- 35 € if this fine is fixed (the vast majority of cases, 529 CPP together R49 CPC).
Chapter 2. Special Authorizations
If the scooters can not therefore, in principle, take the bike paths, "the authority vested with police power"(Ie the prefect of police in Paris or the town hall in the majority of the other cities) can authorize them to borrow it (R431-9 of the Highway Traffic Actsecond paragraph).
To my knowledge, in Paris, the prefect did not take such a measure: friends scooter, you are warned 🙂