Defined cycle paths convey more safety / ADAC survey: This is how safe cyclists feel in traffic

Munich (ots) - A survey by the ADAC on the safety of cycling shows that cyclists feel particularly safe where bike paths are structurally separated from the road. The separation can be achieved in the form of a curb between the cycle path and the road or through barriers between the road and the cycle lane. 59 percent said they felt like this ...

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Munich (ots) - A survey by the ADAC on the safety of cycling shows that cyclists feel particularly safe where bike paths are structurally separated from the road. The separation can be achieved in the form of a curb between the cycle path and the road or through barriers between the road and the cycle lane. 59 percent said they felt safest this way. Cyclists feel particularly unsafe on the road together with motor vehicle traffic (57 percent). Only eight percent said they felt safe here. They also feel rather uncomfortable on marked protective lanes or cycle lanes (30 and 24 percent, respectively). The ADAC therefore recommends that cyclists be guided along main roads on structurally separate paths as far as possible.

The accident figures show that around two thirds of cycling accidents occur in urban areas at intersections, junctions and property driveways. In order to improve safety here, good visibility and visibility of the cycle paths and cyclists must be guaranteed: According to the ADAC, clearly marked areas to clarify the traffic routing and right of way regulations can help.

The topic of pop-up cycle paths was also dealt with in the ADAC survey. The temporary cycle lanes were introduced in several large cities in the first lockdown and are to remain in place as a permanent solution. However, more space for cycle paths also means less space for drivers. Almost half of the ADAC members surveyed (49 percent) think the additional bike lanes are generally good. However, 31 percent of the supporters see them as only a temporary solution. 18 percent are in favor of making them permanent. Almost every third respondent rejects pop-up cycle paths. 16 percent have no opinion at all.

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