Cyclists need more space in city traffic chaos

bikes in AmsterdamThere must be more room for cyclists and more ‘bike streets’ where the maximum speed is 30kph for all traffic, road users’ lobby group Bovag told BNR Radio on Tuesday.

Currently, there is chaos on the roads, with too many different traffic lights and bike paths that just disappear into the main road, Bovag said.

‘It is getting busier on the roads,’ Bovag spokesman Tom Huyskens told BNR Radio. ‘You fear for your life these days.’

Many cities are not prepared for the developments in mobility and their effects, Huyskens said. ‘There is no account taken of the growing number of scooters and e-bikes,’ he said.

Bovag wants more room created for bikes in cities. Bike paths should have a maximum speed of 30kph and vehicles that travel faster than this must be forced to use the ordinary roads.

At places where every type of vehicle must share the space, 30kph should also be the maximum speed, according to Bovag.

Huyskens also wants to see more ‘bike streets’ where the car is ‘a guest’ and the cyclist has right of way.


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