Traffic Safety and Cycling: Some lessons from History

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The cyclist conquers the street in cities where the car was dominant until recently. But how safe will it be if, after this Corona period, the cyclist has to share space again with the car? The bike is unstable and has no crumple zone. Cyclists are vulnerable when they have to share space with many fast-moving motorists. Most fatal accidents occur in those situations. And if bicycle facilities are poorly dimensioned and take insufficient account of the characteristics of bicycle and cyclists, this is a source of serious accidents, even without a car close to.
In this presentation I look back on the history of the separation between fast traffic and slow traffic.
This principle was already part of CIAM's Charter and has been consistently implemented in all spatial plans in the Netherlands for many years. However, the Netherlands is currently unable to further improve safety with this strategy. Is this the dialectics of advantage or do we really need to intervene in the dominance of car traffic? Or should we look for improvements much more accurately, with in- depth research? I conclude with a perspective on the future.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2020
EventCycling Research Board: Annual Meeting 2020 - Online , Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 26 Oct 202028 Oct 2020


ConferenceCycling Research Board
Abbreviated titleCRB 2020
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  • Cycling
  • Traffic safety
  • History


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