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Cycling & electric scooters

Cycling

  • Cycling is a cheap way of travelling around in the city and towns.
  • Use of helmet is recommended for all and mandatory for kids 16 and younger.
  • It´s possible to rent or buy (new or used) bicycles in many places.
  • Be careful when cycling near heavy traffic.

 

Useful websites:

Cycling in Iceland  (Cycling routes and more info)

Icelandic Transport Authority website (Supervision of road traffic safety)

Electric scooters

  • Using electric scooters is an efficient way to travel shorter distances.
  • Use of helmet is recommended for all and mandatory for kids 16 and younger.
  • Electric scooters can be rented via mobile phone apps and are located all around the city.
  • The same regulations apply to electric scooters and bicycles except the scooters are not supposed to be used on streets for cars.
  • Be careful around walking traffic.

 

Instructions on using electric scooters (PDFs): English – Polish – Icelandic

Videos about using electric scooters here below (English – Polish – Icelandic)

Further reading: Cycling & electric scooters

Cycling

Cycling is indeed becoming more popular and more emphasis nowadays on building up cycling paths, not just roads and streets for cars and buses.

 

Bicycles can be bought from the many bike shops around, all over the island, but they can also be rented for longer or shorter time. Bikes can be all the way from cheap to very expensive of course but all of them can get you from A to B, self-powered or with the help of a small electric motor. Electric bikes are now getting very popular.  

 

Cycling in Iceland is a website where you can find all kinds of information about cycling, map of cycling routes in Iceland, in the capital area and useful information.

 

The use of helmet while cycling is recommended and helmet use is actually mandatory for kids and teenagers under 16 years of age. Since in many cases cyclists are in traffic alongside cars and buses, they are in danger of getting seriously injured if accidents happen. So please be careful at the same time as enjoying the ride and healthy activity of cycling around. 

 

More detailed information about bicycles, safety rules that apply and other informative content can be found here on the website of the Icelandic Transport Authority (in Icelandic)

Electric scooters

Another great way of commuting short distances inside the city or towns is using electric scooters. They can be bought in many stores but that´s in fact unnecessary. Today there are many companies that offer electric scooters for short term rent. Where ever you see a scooter you can jump on and then off when and wherever you are, just paying for the time you had it for. To use the services a phone app is needed to pay for the service. Very convenient they say, and this way of getting about is quiet and environmentally friendly, for sure compared to being a lone in a heavy, fuel consuming car.

 

On an electric scooter a helmet is required for everyone under 16 years of age and recommended for all. The same regulations apply to electric scooters and bicycles except the scooters are not supposed to be used on streets for cars, rather cycle paths, sidewalks etc. You can travel quite fast on an electric scooter so it goes without saying, be careful around walking traffic that might be unaware of you as you approach quietly and rush by.

 

Here below are highly informative PDFs andvideos about the use of electric scooters in Icelandic, English and Polish. This is a new way of commuting and worth having a look to get familiar with the rules that apply.

Instructions using electric scooters (PDFs)

 

English

Polish

Icelandic

 

More informative videos

The Icelandic Transport Authority has made many informative videos in various languages. Have a look at their Youtube channel.

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