Here is fantastic little case study about how to really make cycling safer. The Dutch, experts on cycling safety, have long known not to ignore the bull in the china shop. Instead of blaming the victim and demonizing cycling, they like to address the cause of the problem – getting hit by a car or truck. Here we see how the Dutch react to reckless driving that could have killed a group of teenagers.
In just 9 years, Den Bosch (population 136,000), has managed to reduce traffic injuries by 60% and fatalities by 85% while increasing the number of people riding. They did this by reducing urban speed limits, providing proper cycling infrastructure and giving legal protect to non-motorised travellers.
The Dutch, Danes and Germans have been making cycling safer for 40 years. They know what policies work. We’ve tried helmet laws for the last 20 and the evidence shows they don’t work. So why can’t we learn from others who know what they are talking about and make cycling normal and safe in Australia?
Like helmets but hate helmet laws? Its time to do something about it.
Video by Markenlei