Luleå – one of Sweden’s best cycling cities.
In Luleå, we cycle everywhere and all year round. In summer we take our bicycles no matter where we’re going, no matter what time of day it is. The midnight light allows us to enjoy one of Sweden’s best cycling cities 24 hours a day. As we leave the city, cycling roads turn into trails and we love navigating our beautiful surroundings on a mountain bike. Whether it is for exercise or for leisure matters less to us, we have plenty of both. Even when the terrain gets rough or the snow and slippery roads of winter make things more difficult, we saddle up, because in Luleå there are many fatbike cyclists. Our love of this odd bicycle has a lot to do with the freedom it gives us – neither sea ice nor marshlands can stop a fatbike. We cycle to work, we cycle for fun, we cycle for exercise and we cycle to discover. It’s part of our everyday life here in Luleå. In order to let you participate in this fine culture, we want to share some of our best tips for those of you who wish to go cycling but might not know where to go. The aim of this guide is to let visitors and locals alike find joy in cycling around our city. Choose the type of bicycle that suits you best and go explore Luleå. For that purpose, exploration, a bicycle really is the best mode of transportation. It will take you anywhere in this city. If you don’t have your own bike, there are several companies offering rental of various types of bikes. If you would like company and guidance, you can also hire a guide.
We welcome you to cycle in Luleå!
When cycling, you almost always have to adhere to the same rules as when driving a car. As a cyclist, you should cycle on cycle paths and if there is no cycle path you should keep to the side of the road. At pedestrian crossings, hop off and walk your bike across. If you cycle across a pedestrian crossing you have a duty to give way to both pedestrians and vehicles. Look carefully when crossing a busy main road, generally you have a duty to give way. Follow the routes in the guide at your own risk.
- Bicycle helmets are compulsory for everyone under the age of 15. You are recommended to always wear a helmet whilst cycling, regardless of age.
- Your bicycle must have a bell.
- Frontandrearlightsandreflec- tors must be mounted on your bicycle. A white front light and a red rear light (applies in darkness).
- Cycling on the pavement is prohibited.
GOOD TO HAVE
- Extra bicycle tyre inner tube and tyre lever
- Pump or CO2 cartridge
- Multi-tool with hex key
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
- Check the brakes
- Check tyre pressure
- Check saddle height
A CYCLING MAP with all cycle paths in Luleå is available to collect from the Luleå Tourist Centre.
A BICYCLE PUMP can be found by the bus station at the Storgatan-Hermelinsgatan intersection.