Going abroad - Poland

Forbidden lane



Cyclists must use cycle paths or cycle lanes where provided and marked for the direction in which they are travelling or intend to turn. Riding on the road alongside another cycle or moped is permitted by way of exception provided this does not hinder other road users or otherwise endanger traffic safety

A cyclist may exceptionally use pavements or footpaths if:

  • he or she is accompanying a child cyclist under 10 years of age
  • the width of a pavement next to a road with a speed limit of more than 50 km/h is at least 2 metres and there is no separate cycle path or cycle lane
  • weather conditions make cycling on the road unsafe (snow, strong wind, heavy rain, ice, thick fog)

A cyclist using a pavement or footpath must ride slowly and with great care, giving way to pedestrians.

Cyclists must not:

  • ride on the road alongside another road user
  • ride without keeping at least one hand on the handlebars and both feet on the pedals or footrests
  • hold on to other vehicles

Some towns and cities provide advanced stop lines for bicycles and contraflow lanes.

And some provide combined cycle and footpaths. When using these, cyclists must take particular care and give way to pedestrians.



Pedestrians must use pavements or footpaths or, when none are provided, the hard shoulder or verge. If there is no hard shoulder/verge or it is temporarily out of use, pedestrians may use the carriageway, provided they stay as close to the side as possible and keep well clear of approaching vehicles.

Pedestrians walking on the hard shoulder/verge or carriageway must keep to the left-hand side of the road.

Pedestrians are allowed to use cycle paths only if there is no pavement or hard shoulder/verge or it is impossible to use them. Apart from the disabled, pedestrians using a cycle path must give way to cyclists.

Footpaths/pedestrian zones


Footpaths/pedestrian zones are strictly for pedestrian use only and all vehicle traffic is prohibited.

Residential areas


In designated residential areas pedestrians have right of way over vehicles; they may use the full width of the road and cross it at any point they wish. Children below 7 years of age may use the road without having to be accompanied by adults. Drivers must not exceed a speed of 20 km/h.

Public transport lanes


Some lanes are reserved for public transport services.

Motorway lanes

It is forbidden to drive on the hard shoulder and to stop or park there, except in the event of a breakdown.


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