This is quite a specific question but it is important for our vacation.

Is it true that children under 6 can legally ride a bicycle on the sidewalk in Denmark?

I can't find a proper working link but this document from statensnet.dk says "In some countries, children must cycle on the pavement; in Denmark this is only allowed for children until the age of six[...]"

Having now been to Denmark the answer is a) there are lots of cycle lanes and b) where there weren't no one complained about a 6 year old riding on the sidewalk.

  • I don't know when the document you are linking to was published, but it states in the text that much of the content is from a 20 years old study. The information you are quoting may very well be outdated. Mar 8, 2017 at 20:28
  • In my country (Netherlands) Children under 6 cycle on the sidewalk in play but not when they go places. When cycling from one point to an other with an adult (or older sibling) also cycling, they go on the road. Not sure how that will be in Denmark though.
    – Willeke
    Mar 28, 2018 at 16:56

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No, unless there is a dedicated bicycle path on the sidewalk, it is not allowed for anyone to ride a bicycle there (Færdselsloven § 49 Stk. 5. and § 14 Stk. 4.).

Children below the age of six must be accompanied by a person above 15 years of age to ride a bicycle at all (Færdselsloven § 50).


The under six rule is that they must be accompanied by someone at least 15 years of age.

No cyclist is permitted to ride on the sidewalk if a cycle path is available.

If no cycle path - all cyclists should walk their bikes as it is safe and polite, including under sixers.

  • How about if there is no cycle path, which is quite common? For example, goo.gl/maps/5hmyinnBm2z .
    – Simd
    Mar 8, 2017 at 20:11
  • @eleanora It is irrelevant if there is a bicycle path somewhere else. Unless the sidewalk itself is separated in a dedicated bicycle path and a field for pedestrians, it is not allowed for anyone to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk. Mar 8, 2017 at 20:14
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo Thank you. This is quite surprising if even really small children have to cycle on the road.
    – Simd
    Mar 8, 2017 at 20:15
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    Is it enforced that children may not play with their cycles on the sidewalk/pavement?
    – Willeke
    Mar 8, 2017 at 20:31
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    "If no cycle path - all cyclists should walk their bikes" What nonsense is that? There are plenty of ordinary roads without cycle paths, and cycling is certainly allowed on those (though of course not on the sidewalks). Mar 9, 2017 at 0:07

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