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Ban on all mopeds on some Amsterdam cycle paths next April

Post by notsofasteddie » Tue 18th Dec 2018 01:46 pm

Ban on all mopeds on some Amsterdam cycle paths next April



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December 18, 2018


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Amsterdam is banning snorfietsen, or low-powered mopeds that have a speed limit of 25 km/h, from most of its cycle paths inside the A10 ring road from next April.

The presence of the snorfiets on cycle paths has long been a bone of contention in the capital because their speed, which in most cases exceeds 25 km/h, makes them dangerous to cyclists. The number of snorfietsen has also increased from 11,000 in 2008 to 35,000 this year, according to the Parool.

Officials expect that relegating snorfiets users to the road will bring down the number of serious traffic accidents on cycle paths by 261.

Last December parliament passed a law which gave local authorities the right to impose helmet use and Amsterdam is the first city to have done so. Helmets will be now compulsory for all scooter users in the Dutch capital from January 1.

The ban will come into force from April next year but not all cycle paths will be snorfiets free. The exceptions to the rule are very busy roads, such as the Wibautstraat, De Ruiterkade , Prins Hendrikkade and Stadhouderskade and all bike paths outside the A10 ring road

People who ignore the new ‘Snorfietsen niet toegestaan’ signs risk a fine of €95.



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Re: Ban on all mopeds on some Amsterdam cycle paths next April

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Amsterdam to ban mopeds on bike paths from April


By Janene Pieters on December 18, 2018 - 08:58



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Moped riders will be banned from bike paths in Amsterdam starting on April 8th next year, the municipality announced. With the move to the public roads, moped riders will also be obliged to where a helmet. Failing to wear a helmet, or riding on a bicycle path, will result in a 95 euro fine, the municipality said.

Amsterdam's bicycle paths are increasingly crowded. And the number of mopeds in the city increased dramatically over the past years, from 8 thousand in 2007 to some 35 thousand this year. "The crowds create dangerous situations for cyclists and moped riders. After cyclists, moped riders are the largest group among serious road injuries", the Amsterdam municipality said. In an effort to increase safety for both cyclists and moped riders, the municipality decided to move mopeds to the public roads.

The new traffic situation takes effect on April 8th. In order to ensure a smooth transition for all road users, the municipality will place clear road signs to show moped riders exactly where they're allowed to drive. Moped riders in and around Amsterdam will be informed by letter. In the spring the municipality will also launch an information campaign. And traffic controllers will be deployed to inform and help moped riders.

Immediately after moped riders are banned from bike paths, the municipality will start an extensive monitoring and evaluation study. This will include monitoring crowds, speed, nuisance, reactions from other road users, the safety of moped riders, and the interaction between road users.



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Re: Ban on all mopeds on some Amsterdam cycle paths next April

Post by notsofasteddie » Wed 19th Dec 2018 01:25 pm

Bike path chaos looms – even the police don’t know who can drive where


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December 19, 2018


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Complicated rules and a lack of clarity about who is allowed where, are making it impossible for the police to make sure the right vehicles are allowed to use cycle paths, Dutch police union chief Gerrit van de Kamp has told the Financieele Dagblad.

On Tuesday, Amsterdam announced that slower mopeds, known as a snorfiets in Dutch, will be banned from some of the city’s cycle lanes from next April and Utrecht is bringing in a similar ban at the end of the next year.

But there are so many different sorts of vehicles on the road – from electric cargo bikes to mini electric cars and segways – that it is impossible to know what is allowed where.

For example, the Biro, a small electric car popular with well-heeled city dwellers, can park anywhere and is allowed to drive on the roads and on cycle tracks. Yet it can be bought in versions travelling at up to 60 kph.

The segway, classed as a ‘special moped’ is confined to cycle paths and electric scooters (step in Dutch) are banned from both the roads and cycle paths altogether, the FD said.

Newcomers

New alternative vehicle companies are also waiting for more clarity, the FD said. Scooter rental platforms such as Lime and Bird are making inroads into European cities and the Netherlands is on their list.

The Swing Trike, a small electric tricycle, is allowed on bike paths but the Stigo Bike, a tiny collapsible moped, will be consigned to Amsterdam roads.

‘If you can’t tell a potential client where you should be on the roads, or if you need to wear a helmet, then you have a problem,’ Pieter Dekker, of the electric vehicle lobby group Doet, told the paper.

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Next year, the FD points out, the chaos will be made worse when mopeds are banned from some, but not all, roads within the Amsterdam ring road.

‘On the Overtoom, an important traffic route, moped users will have to wear a helmet and drive on the road. On the busy Wibautstraat, they can stay on the bike path and won’t have to wear a helmet,’ the paper said.



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Re: Ban on all mopeds on some Amsterdam cycle paths next April

Post by notsofasteddie » Thu 20th Dec 2018 03:02 pm

Scooters and hoverboards add to Dutch cycle lane hell

Police union chief says it is impossible to keep lanes safe due to variety of vehicles and rules


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Cycle paths in Amsterdam have become increasingly overcrowded in recent years.
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A rapid rise in the number of scooters, e-bikes, mini electric cars and hoverboards in the Netherlands and the complexity of regulations on their use is making it impossible to keep the country’s cycle lanes safe, the leader of the Dutch police union has warned.

Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam are rushing through different rules about the sort of vehicles allowed on their increasingly crowded lanes, leaving everyone confused, it is claimed.

On Tuesday Amsterdam announced that slower mopeds, known as a snorfiets, would be banned from the bike paths from April. Utrecht is introducing a similar ban at the end of the next year.

But Birò cars, four-wheeled electric vehicles with two seats side by side and a top speed of 34 mph, can still be driven on cycle lanes anywhere in the country.

The explosion in the variety of vehicles on the roads is already said to be a threat to public safety. In 2017, for the first time, the traffic death toll in the Netherlands was higher among cyclists than among occupants of cars.

The Dutch central bureau of statistics found that 57 e-bike riders were killed. The figure was up by 17 on 2016, accounting for more than one in four of all cyclist deaths.

“It is impossible for the police to maintain it,” said Gerrit van de Kamp of the ACP police union. “I wonder whether citizens themselves know what the situation is in traffic. Police officers do not always know it either. It is a completely unclear situation.”

Cycle paths in the main cities of the Netherlands have become intolerably overcrowded in recent years, particularly during the rush-hour periods, and the range of vehicles on them has increased.

In the past decade, the number of mopeds in the Netherlands has more than doubled to about 720,000. Since the 1 July, the four major cities have been allowed to implement their own rules.

On 8 April 2019 mopeds will no longer be welcome on most bike paths within Amsterdam’s A10 ring road, and Utrecht is set to follow, but Rotterdam has said it will continue to give them access as they are too slow for the fast traffic on the city’s roads.

Amsterdam has produced a digital map for moped drivers, as they are allowed on the cycle paths in some parts of the city, but not in others. But the Dutch police union’s president told the FD newspaper that the municipality had created a confusing mess of policies.

“If you make rules, you also have to think about their enforcement,” Van de Kamp said.

The changing nature of transport in the Netherlands became a national talking point this autumn following the deaths of four children who were in an electric cargo bike known as a Stint.

The children were hit by a train on a level-crossing. Stints became popular in recent years with schools and nurseries after the government approved them in 2012, but were banned after the tragedy in Oss, a town in the south of the country.



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