Utrecht is the first city in the Netherlands to get a cycle ambulance, reports Monday’s AD newspaper.
The city’s ambulance service RAVU tells the paper that it has been forced to introduce this unusual form of emergency medical aid because of the increasing difficulty of reaching city centre destinations with a traditional ambulance.
Only four ambulance staff are entitled to ride the bright yellow cycle ambulance which is fully equipped with medical apparatus but cannot transport patients.
The only thing the cycle ambulance lacks is a siren and flashing lights. ‘That would only cause more accidents. People become alarmed by a siren and if they can’t see where it’s coming from they’ll jump in front of the bike,’ says ambulance man Ruben Verlangen in the AD.
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