Cyclists get ruder as city cycle lanes become more crowded
Thursday 27 September 2012
City cycle lanes are becoming increasingly overcrowded, leading to an increase in anti-social behaviour by cyclists, a conference in Utrecht was told on Thursday.
And while bikes are acknowledged as a way of improving the quality of life in cities, cycling is not properly addressed when significant planning decisions are taken, according to the Dutch cycling union Fietsersbond.
In Amsterdam and Utrecht, for example, cycle traffic jams and parking problems are an increasing issue, but changes can be made at little cost, city planners say. But at the same time, planners must do more than pay lip service to the needs of urban cyclists, the conference was told.
For example, the redevelopment of Utrecht's main station area involves parking space for 30,000 bikes, Trouw reported on Thursday.
The cycling union told RTL news it has had many complaints about bad cyclists: the most common being not indicating, weaving all over the road because they are on the phone and cycling through red lights.
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