28 November 2009

European Cyclists Federation Road Safety Action Plan

Copenhagen Signals
The European Cyclists' Federation - one of Copenhagenize.com's heroes - published their position paper in response to the European Union's Road Safety Action Programme 2011-2020 today.

"We want to underline the fact that unsafe traffic conditions and the individual perception that it is not safe to travel do limit people in their mobility or in their choice of transport mode. This is in particular true for "unprotected" (pedestrians, cyclists) and vulnerable road users (children, elderly).These fears need to be tackled. There is good evidence to support the idea that cycling gets safer the more people do it. This is called the “Safety in Numbers” principle."

The position paper covers a host of subjects. Among them:
- Safety in Numbers
- Blind Spot Mirrors and Detection Systems
- Safe car fronts and external airbags
- Intelligent Speed Adaptation
- Daytime Running Lights
- Cycle lights policy
- Road Safety principles

The entire position paper is available as a .pdf here.