Cycling in Switzerland
Traffic regulations and signalization
Cycle routes are generally accessible paths or roads with as far as possible little or no motorized traffic, ideally surfaced with tarmac or concrete. As a rule, on busy roads they are along cycle paths or in lanes with safe crossings or turning-off points.
Cycle paths make no special demands upon the users.
Signalization of cycle routes is red and includes a white cycle pictogram
Mountain bike routes
Mountain bike routes are generally accessible paths or tracks in hilly or mountainous terrain, usually not surfaced with asphalt or concrete. They can have technically difficult stretches or carrying sections.
Users of mountain bike trails must be physically fit and be skilled riders. Preconditions are mountain bikes with wide tyres and very powerful brakes.
Signalization of mountain bike routes is red and includes a white mountain bike pictogram. The markings are white-red.
In accordance with Federal Road Traffic Regulations (RTR), pathways for equipment similar to a vehicle (ESV), e.g. for skating, are public thoroughfares such as roadways with little traffic and no pavements, areas designated for pedestrians, cycle ways, roads with 30 km/h speed limits and public meeting areas surfaced with asphalt or concrete and with little gradient. In exceptional cases they may include technically difficult sections that may need to be negotiated on foot.
ESV pathways make no special demands upon the users.
Signalization of ESV pathways is red and includes a white ESV pictogram.
The signalization of SwitzerlandMobility routes
The signalization of SwitzerlandMobility routes is standard throughout Switzerland. It is based on Swiss norms for signalization of non-motorized traffic (SN 640 829). It was revised for the realization of SwitzerlandMobility and today is the only international norm for standard signalization of non-motorized traffic.
The yellow signs for hiking trails, white signs for the barrier-free routes and red for cycling, mountain biking and skating routes were supplemented for SwitzerlandMobility with the addition of route information panels including route names and numbers. One-digit numbers indicate national routes, two-digit numbers indicate regional routes and three-digit numbers indicate local routes.
The route information panels are green for hikers and barrier-free routes, light blue for cyclists, ochre for mountain bikers, violet for skaters and turquoise for canoeists. These colours are also used by SwitzerlandMobility to illustrate the various routes e.g. on maps, information signs and the Internet. Thus, light-blue lines indicate cycling routes.