Wednesday 21 September 2011

SPECIALIST'S NEWS

Fietsberaad International goes into Dutch Cycling Embassy

There will be a new phase for the Dutch input to strengthen the position of cycling in the world: the Dutch Cycling Embassy. In the Dutch Cycling Embassy all parts of the Dutch cycle World join forces: Consultants, engineers, science, industry, government, and NGO’s. We are looking forward to continue the dialogue with the growing number of people and organisations who want to promote cycling. Finding ways to co-operate until it becomes as natural for everyone in the world to grab the bike for as default transport mode for short and medium distance trips as it is in the Netherlands.
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Debate on safety electric bicycle

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According to German insurance companies electric bicycles have a number of safety drawbacks. In particular the fast types used in Germany – essentially mopeds capable of reaching speeds of up to 45 km/h – present a hazard both for the driver and other traffic participants
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Portland model for U.S. bicycle town

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Portland is one of the most successful bicycle towns in the U.S. Since 1990 the percentage of cycling has increased six fold, leaving New York far behind.
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Electric rental bike in Great Britain

After the introduction of rental bikes in hundreds of cities all over the world, the next stage is cities setting up comparable programmes using electric bicycles, like the town of Bath in Great Britain.
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Heerlen subsidizes electric bikes for senior citizens

People over sixty in the town of Heerlen will receive a subsidy when they buy a new electric bicycle. Local authorities have set aside € 100,000 overall.
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Campaign by real cyclists

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It has been done before: a cycling campaign based on pictures of ‘real cyclists’. The Belgian town of Ghent intends to focus more emphatically on cycling in this way.
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Cyclists protected from road hogs

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Gelderland provincial authorities have taken measures to protect cyclists from motorists running a red light. When a motorist approaches a traffic light at high speed, the green light for crossing cyclists is postponed for a bit.
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RFID tag allows rewarding cyclists

The U.S. company Dero has recently introduced a product to count cyclists. Unlike existing counters, the Dero counter employs an RFID tag. That means that individual cyclists can be recognized, providing possibilities for reward systems, for instance.
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Wide range of possibilities to reduce number of cycling accidents

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The number of accidents with cyclists can be reduced by designing roads, bike paths and other infrastructure more carefully. This may provide a contribution not only to the prevention of so-called single accidents, such as running into bollards, but also in reducing the number of accidents with motor vehicles. This can be concluded from two new Fietsberaad publications released by Fietsberaad under the title of ‘Samen werken aan een veilige fietsomgeving’ (Working together towards a safe cycling environment).
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Austria introduces mandatory helmet for children

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From May 31 children in Austria are obliged to wear a helmet on a bicycle. According to the Traffic Minister this will guard 900 children annually from head injuries.
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