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.
Originele taal-2Engels
Aantal pagina's6
StatusGepubliceerd - 27 okt. 2020
EvenementCycling Research Board: Annual Meeting 2020 - Online , Eindhoven, Nederland
Duur: 26 okt. 202028 okt. 2020


CongresCycling Research Board
Verkorte titelCRB 2020
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