Police in Oslo have been setting up early morning controls on some of the main bicycle routes into the city, cracking down on cycling commuters who don’t have proper lights and reflectors on the bikes.
Newspaper Aftenposten reported that seven cyclists were fined NOK 900 (USD 107) after they were among those stopped on the most heavily trafficked bike lane into Oslo, along the waterfront at Frognerkilen. The route is also known as Tour de finans, because many of the mostly-male cycling commuters using it work within the finance and investment banking sectors.
As autumn darkness settles over Norway, both during the morning and evening commuter rush hours, police are enforcing laws requiring headlights front and back on bicycles. Reflectors alone aren’t enough, police stress, and claim the controls are carried out to promote safety.
“I thought it was enough to have a headlight in front and a reflector in the back, but now I know,” one cyclist who was fined told Aftenposten. He thought the fine was quite high, though, and that “it could have been enough with a warning.” Those fined were also ordered to walk with their bikes, instead of ride them, until daylight broke after the dawn.