Monday, September 21, 2015 - 16:28
Cyclists need safer space on the roads says transport lobby
Trade organization BOVAG is using mobility week to advocate for better conditions for cyclists. The organization wants more room for cyclists and a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour everywhere where cyclists are present. According to BOVAG, traffic is becoming increasingly busy and this puts the safety of all road users in danger. "Rush hour is one big mess here." Tom Huiskens of BOVAG in Utrecht said to BNR, adding that all kinds of traffic have to merge and mingle. "Narrow bike strips that turn into normal road. Cars get there, trucks buses, we even saw construction traffic pass by. And the cyclists, moped riders etc. are always repressed." Huiskens feels that many cities are unprepared for developments in mobility. "It is not taken into account that the number of cyclists and the distances they cycle only increase. The increasing number of mopeds are not taken into account." The organization has therefore taken it on themselves to come up with a plan to improve the situation. They want more space in cities for two wheelers.They want a 30 kilometer per hour speed limit on bike paths, anything that can drive faster should be on the regular road. And lastly they want a 30 kilometer per hour speed limit in areas where traffic mixes.