Zurich to take action over soaring number of bicycle accidents

The number of accidents involving bicycles in the city of Zurich has doubled in the eight years prompting officials to announce safety measures.

Zurich to take action over soaring number of bicycle accidents
Inadequate infrastructure has been identified as a cause of bike accidents in Zurich. File photo: Depositphotos

A total of 541 bike riders were injured in the city in 2018 – 73 more than in 2017 and up from 264 in 2011, according to figures released by Zurich’s traffic department on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of accidents involving e-bikes last year rose to 89, which is 24 more than a year earlier.

“Bicycle accidents and their consequences are an unsolved problem in Zurich,” said the traffic department in a statement.

Officials attributed the rising number of bicycle accidents to the increasing popularity of cycling in general and to the fact that current infrastructure was not designed for such a large number of bike riders.

But the department said “incorrect behaviour” and lack of vehicle control on the part of cyclists and other road users were part of the problem.

Zurich now plans to focus on improving safety for cyclists by identifying and redeveloping bicycle accident hot spots and by running targeted public awareness campaigns.

In a separate statement on Thursday, cantonal police in Zurich said there had been a total of 1,353 accidents involving bicycles or e-bikes across the whole canton of Zurich in 2018. This was up from 1,267 a year earlier.

Cantonal police said the warm, dry summer last summer was partly responsible for the rise in the number of these accidents.

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How German rail strike will affect journeys in Denmark

Residents of Denmark planning a trip to Hamburg and onwards in Germany from Sunday May 14th should be aware of potential disruptions due to strikes.

How German rail strike will affect journeys in Denmark

A 50-hour strike will bring most of Germany’s train network to a standstill from 10pm Sunday May 14th until midnight on Tuesday.

In Denmark, the dispute means that, from 10pm on Sunday, Danish operator DSB’s services from Aarhus and Copenhagen towards Hamburg will terminate at Padborg on the Danish side of the border between the two countries. Trains from Padborg to Aarhus and Copenhagen will also operate.

While the strike is ongoing, two-hourly rail replacement services will transport passengers between Padborg and German city Flensburg.

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Tickets from Denmark to Hamburg for May 14th, 15th or 16th can be used on any departure before the strike begins, provided they were purchase up to and including May 11th, DSB states.

“We expect there to be a lot of people on the trains both in Denmark and Germany in the days before and after the strike. Remember therefore to purchase a seat reservation for your journey,” DSB said.

Changes to scheduled departures can be found on German rail operator DB’s website.

Germany’s Railway and Transport Workers’ Union (EVG) wants to bring all rail traffic in Germany largely to a standstill starting Sunday evening and has therefore announced there will be no long-distance, regional and freight traffic during the 50-hour strike.

The walkout is the latest in a series of strikes on Germany’s rail system in an escalating dispute between the union and management.