Promoting bicycle use: consequences for traffic safetyOtto van Boggelen, Judith Everaars , Fietsverkeer
Summary of a study into the consequences of more bicycle use for traffic safety. For cyclists themselves an increase in use is safer.
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Does promotion of bicycle use result in more traffic casualties? And what are the conditions for policymakers to safely promote bicycle use? These questions are central in a study conducted by consulting engineering firms Goudappel Coffeng and Oranjewoud on behalf of Adviesdienst Verkeer en Vervoer of Rijkswaterstaat. Principal conclusion: growth of the market share of bicycles does not lead to more casualties, not even in towns that are relatively dangerous for cyclists. This article provides an explanation.
Three myths are repudiated by force of figures.