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Cycling in Switzerland

Anyone wanting to cycle on roads in Switzerland must be of school age and be able to pedal with both feet while sat in the saddle. Cyclists also have to abide by the general road traffic regulations.

Bike insurance sticker

The vignette (insurance sticker) for bicycles was phased out at the beginning of 2012. Cover against damage caused to third parties in an accident involving a bicycle can be provided by your personal liability insurance. If you ride a pedal-assisted e-bike with a speed of over 25 km/h, you need a motor-assisted bicycle authorisation and an annually-renewable vignette (read how to get one below).

Most insurance companies automatically include cover for cycling accidents in personal liability insurance. You should ask your insurer to be sure you have this cover. If you do not have liability insurance you are no longer insured if you cause damage to third parties in a cycling accident.

Rules for e-bikes/electric bikes

  • The minimum age for riding an electric bike is 14.
  • Young people under the age of 16 need a category M driving licence (motorised bicycle). For information on driving licence categories see. No licence is needed over the age of 16.
  • Pedal-assisted e-bikes with a speed of over 45 km/h are considered motorcycles.
  • E-bikes must use cycle lanes.
  • Slow e-bikes (up to 25km/h) are allowed to use roads signposted “no motorised bicycles”. Fast e-bikes can only use these roads with their motor switched off.
  • Pedal-assisted e-bikes with a speed of over 25 km/h still need a number plate and vignette. (Get these from your canton’s road traffic office if they are not supplied directly by the shop that sold you your bike).

Cycling equipment

The Swiss Council for Accident Prevention provides brochures on equipment you need to ride a bike, mountain bike or e-bike.