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Symposium on more but safer cycling
Almost 400 cyclists died on German roads in 2015, and around 80,000 suffered serious or minor injuries. Changes in mobility driven by changes in society and policies designed to increase the attractiveness of cycling and to promote cycling mean that people will continue to choose the non-motorized transport modes more often. To ensure this does not go hand in hand with an increase in cyclist casualties, appropriate measures are needed to improve behavior on the roads, infrastructure and vehicle technology.
With this in mind, over 200 professionals from all over Germany came to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in Berlin to discuss how to promote more cycling and improve cyclists’ safety. The symposium was organized jointly by the German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the German Insurers Accident Research (UDV) with Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt as patron. Researchers and practitioners presented the latest findings from studies of accidents, behavior on the roads, infrastructure, vehicle safety systems and safety equipment in the overall context of cycling safety. In addition, representatives from local authorities, federal states, central government and associations discussed how cycling safety can be made improved and who has to make what contribution. During the discussion it again became clear that improvements in cycling safety require those involved at all the different levels to act together.