A 23-year-old Uber driver was acquitted on appeal for a traffic accident in which a 22-year-old cyclist was killed in Amsterdam-Oost. The Uber driver hit the young woman with his car on 31 March 2017, after overtaking a stationary city bus, RTL Nieuws reports.
During surprise traffic checks on Tuesday, the police in Utrecht fined dozens of cyclists for holding their mobile phone while biking, despite the recent ban. Violators of this ban face a fine of 95 euros.
The surprise traffic checks were carried out by officers-in-training at the start of the new school year, AD reports. A total of 24 cyclists received the 95 euros fine for cycling with their phone in hand.
The Afsluitdijk is officially closed to cyclists for the next three years. In the coming years, the dyke will be reinforced and its locks and pumps will be renovated, NOS reports.
The closure of the bicycle path on the Afsluitdijk, which runs between Den Over in Noord-Holland to Zurich in Friesland, was originally scheduled for April 1st. But after protest, public works department Rijkswaterstaat decided to postpone the closure. Sunday was the last day on which cyclists could use the bike path for the time being.
A 39-year-old cyclist was hit by a car on Claes de Vrieselaan in Rotterdam on Tuesday evening. He died in hospital a short time later. The motorist that hit him fled the scene of the accident, but the police managed to arrest him later, the police said in a statement.
The hit-and-run happened at around 9:30 p.m. The cyclist was resuscitated at the scene and rushed to hospital. The man succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
Two cyclists were killed in a traffic accident in the Noord-Limburg town of Grashoek on Wednesday morning. A third cyclist was injured and is in critical condition, the Limburg police said on Twitter.
The cyclists were cycling on Vliegertsdijk at around 7:30 a.m. when they were hit by a van. The injured cyclist was rushed to hospital by helicopter. The victims are three adult men, but more information about their identity is not yet known, the police said. The van driver was not injured.
A motorist wanted for hitting a 18-year-old jogger with his car and then stabbing her in Egmond aan den Hoef last week, may also have attacked two other women. The two other women were also hit by a car in Castricum a few days before the teenager was attacked, the Telegraaf reports.
A 17-year-old girl from Rosmalen died in hospital on Monday after being critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in Den Bosch early on Sunday morning. A 37-year-old man from Den Bosch was arrested, the police said in a statement.
The girl was cycling across De Harendonkweg at around 3:45 a.m. on Sunday when she was hit by a dark colored Volkswagen Golf. While witnesses tried to help the girl and called emergency services, the driver of the Golf sped away towards Sint Teunislaan. One of the Volkswagen's mirrors was left behind at the scene.
Two cyclists were killed in a collision with a drunk driver on the corner of Van De Spiegelstraat and Kloetingseweg in Goes early on Sunday morning. The motorist, a 19-year-old man from Kloetinge, was arrested shortly after the accident. A breathalyzer test showed that he was under the influence of alcohol, the police said in a statement.
A suspect was arrested for a hit-and-run accident in the Australian city of Melbourne in which a 27-year-old Dutch woman was killed. The 26-year-old man was arrested in the center of the city after the police spread photos of him. The man, who has no fixed place of residence, is being questioned, the police said, NU.nl reports.
A 27-year-old woman from the Netherlands died in the Australian city of Melbourne on Sunday after she was hit by a car. According to the Australian police, the car was stolen a week ago. The driver fled the scene of the accident, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to NU.nl.
The woman was cycling when the car hit her. The car also hit various other vehicles, but the Dutch victim was the only person who got hurt. Emergency services tried to save her, but it was to no avail. She died at the scene.
Four cyclists - two women and two children - were hit by a van on Heikantsepad in Volkel on Tuesday afternoon. The two women were seriously injured, the children sustained minor injuries. The van driver was arrested, Omroep Brabant reports.
Four ambulances and a trauma helicopter responded to the scene after the accident. The women were taken to hospital. The children were cared for in the neighborhood, a community police officer said to the broadcaster.
The police's Traffic Accident Analysis department is investigating how the accident happened.
Terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the deaths of four cycling tourists, including one Dutch, in Tajikistan on Sunday. The local authorities still believe it was a hit-and-run accident, but do not exclude intent or terrorism, NOS reports.
A cyclist was found seriously hurt on Hallenstraat in Bladel at around 1:00 a.m. on Monday morning. The police believe the cyclist was injured in a hit-and-run accident, ANP reports.
According to Omroep Brabant, the cyclist was unconscious when security guard at a nearby company found him.
So far nothing is known about the victim's identity. The police call on witnesses to come forward.
Seven people were killed in five traffic accidents throughout the Netherlands over the weekend.
A 16-year-old cyclist was seriously injured after being hit by a car on the A27 highway near Bavel during the early hours of Friday morning. The boy was rushed to hospital in critical condition, the police said to NOS.
The boy was cycling on the emergency lane near Bavel in the direction of Antwerp. He ended up on the road and was hit by a French car. The boy is from Molenschot.
The road was closed for investigation after the accident.
For the first time more cyclists than motorists died in traffic accidents in the Netherlands in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. A total of 206 cyclists and 201 motorists were killed in accidents last year.
The number of cyclists killed in accidents increased from 189 in 2016. The total number of people killed in traffic accidents decreased slightly, 613 in 2017 compared to 629 in 2016.
The police are looking for a mountain bike rider who pushed an 80-year-old cyclist off his bicycle in Egmond aan den Hoef on Saturday. The elderly man sustained a broken nose, broken fingers, a bruised hand and various abrasions, NH Nieuws reports.
According to the victim's son Erwin Palsma, his father addressed the mountain biker for cutting him off on Hemweg. The mountain biker got angry, and pushed the elderly man off his bicycle before cycling away towards Bergen.
Bicycle paths in the Netherlands are increasingly dangerous, according to safe traffic association VVN. Currently some 65 thousand cyclists end up at an emergency room every year, the association said to the Telegraaf.
An accident involving a public bus and a cyclist in Breda on Tuesday morning left the cyclist seriously injured. The victim was rushed to hospital by ambulance. A bus passenger sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene, Omroep Brabant reports.
The accident happened at the crossing of Ettensebaan and Zuilenstraat. The bus is still standing on the bus lane, but traffic can pass it. The police are investigating.
Dutch municipalities should pay more attention to the safety of cyclists, according to travelers' association ANWB. Cyclists' safety can be improved by, among other things, implementing more restrictive measures on car traffic in the big cities, ANWB director Frits van Bruggen said to newspaper AD.
A recent survey among 22 thousand ANWB members showed that 27 percent feel unsafe on the bicycle. In Amsterdam that is even 44 percent. That's very high, according to Van Bruggen.
Amsterdam, working with transport company GVB and Vervoerregio Amsterdam, launched an information campaign to warn pedestrians and cyclists about the dangers involved in using their phones while in traffic. The campaign, called Superbelangrijk or Super Important in English, is specifically aimed at teens and young people who are most likely to use their phones while cycling or walking, according to the city.
The GroenLinks faction in Amsterdam wants to ban all cars from the city center, according to a draft election program that will be presented to the Amsterdam city council on Thursday, AT5 reports. "We'll make the Mauritskade, Stadhouderskade, and Nassaukade a green cycling- and walking boulevard", the program reads, according to the broadcaster.
A cyclist was critically injured in an accident on Marnixlaan in Utrecht on Sunday night. The motorist fled the scene of the accident and is still at large, Hart van Nederland reports.
The 25-year-old cyclist was hit by the car near the crossing with Laan van Chartoise. He landed on the asphalt about 50 meters after the crossing. The victim was rushed to the hospital.
The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. The police call on witnesses to come forward.
Another cyclist died after being hit by a car in the Zeeland town of Hulst on Monday evening. This is the second cyclist killed in a road accident in Hulst this week.
Monday's accident happened on Oud Ferdinandusdijk. The diver of the car was arrested. So far no information was released about the identity of the victim of the motorist.
On Sunday morning a 64-year-old Belgian cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Zandstraat. The motorist is still at large.