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A new traffic sign: the living end road
Belgium will soon have a new traffic sign that will be referred to as the “living end road” sign. It signals that the road is a blind alley for motorised traffic but not for cyclists and pedestrians.
Number of traffic fatalities in the Netherlands unchanged in 2012
650 people in the Netherlands died in traffic in 2012. This is 11 less than in 2011. The number of cycling deaths was 200, which is the same as in 2011.
Winter maintenance starts in the summer
In spite of the fact that it is summertime in the Netherlands, municipalities are already taking winter maintenance measures ahead of the coming winter season. To this end, the results of pilot studies conducted last year will be used - among others, the Zaanstad pilot. Lessons from this pilot are summarised in a report issued by the Fietsberaad. All of this because the foundations for sound winter maintenance are laid in the summer.
Utrecht greens up cycling routes to recreational areas
Utrecht enlists special green signage to show its inhabitants that attractive recreational facilities are within cycling distance.
Bicycle theft is the reason why 9% of cyclists abstain
The fear of having one's bike stolen is reason enough for 9% of cyclist to leave their bike unused. And 17% of cyclists sometimes leave the bike at home for the same reason.
The fast cyclist is often well educated and cycles more than 10 km to work
A comparison of cycling routes where fast cycling paths must still be constructed, using data from existing fast cycling paths, shows that there are still benefits to be gained by the deployment of fast cycling routes.
Sustainable Safety for the cyclist
Application of the Sustainable Safety concept for cyclists was thus far primarily concerned with accidents between bikes and motor vehicles. But presently it's the accidents not involving motor vehicles that dominate the accident statistics. With the Sustainable Safety programme, the SWOV (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid) therefore aims to take cyclists more emphatically into account.
Mixed results from the bike parking zone trials
Various municipalities have tested the bike parking zone and the results are mixed. In Utrecht some of the zones ended up being removed.
Bumping along rather than making a detour
For several months the Utrecht urban geographer Jan van Duppen joined cyclists riding from Leidsche Rijn to the town centre. He asked about their experiences and habits, and while cycling with them observed the obstacles encountered on the way. He discovered that cyclists always go for the shortest route. Along the way, they often do what each motorist does: go shopping and pick up the kids from the day care centre.
Junction node network used by 13% of cyclists
49% of the Dutch population (over 8 million people) cycle for pleasure. This amounts to a yearly total of 167 million domestic cycling trips. In 13% of all cycling trips, the junction node network is used.