Amsterdam scooter ban from bike paths increased traffic safety, flow

A scooter rider and several bicyclists approach a snorfiets checkpoint in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 April 2019
A scooter rider and several bicyclists approach a snorfiets checkpoint in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 April 2019Photo: NL Times

Moving scooters and mopeds from bicycle paths to the public roads had a positive effect on both road safety and the flow of traffic, the municipality of Amsterdam said in a press release. Since the scooter ban from bike paths was implemented in April, the number of accidents decreased considerably, the city said.

Between April and October this year, there were 29 accidents involving scooter or moped riders. In previous years the number of these accidents averaged at around 100 in the period between April and October. "The total number of conflicts between scooter riders and other road users, especially cyclists, also decreased considerably", the municipality said. 

An analysis of travel time showed that scooters' move to the roadway had no negative impact on the flow of car traffic and public transport, the city said. "And cyclists are very positive about the space created on the bicycle paths."

At the end of October, 80 percent of scooter riders used the roadway as prescribed and 85 percent complied with the obligation to wear a helmet, according the municipality.  "In the coming period, the municipality will keep a close eye on whether these improvements are permanent."

Between April and October, enforcers imposed 4,270 fines on scooter riders for not wearing a helmet or not riding where they are supposed to.

The city is currently looking into digital enforcement opportunities, such as using cameras to fine riders not complying to the rules. 

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