Uncertainty around scooter ban in Amsterdam
Bad news for the people who were hopeful that scooters will be banned from the cycle lanes in Amsterdam. It’s still unclear whether this will be going ahead at all. There were talks about introducing this ban in early 2019, however with mere weeks to go until we’re into 2019, it’s just not possible it seems.
DutchReview wrote this back in 2017, when many people were hopeful that mopeds will be moved to the roads and off the cycle paths. We then wrote this back in June of this year, where finally the ball was rolling and it was looking like the ban was going to take place at the start of 2019. Yet again, it looks like there is going to be a delay. Nothing has been said and so far no one has any idea what’s going on or if it really will happen at all (considering nothing has even been seriously put into place yet).
If we let our fellow doggo drive, this certainly would make it worse…
The moped issue
Amsterdam is hugely populated, mainly because so many tourists flock to the city. Bicycles and mopeds just don’t mix in this kind of situation, as mopeds travel much faster and accidents happen. Personally, I’d like to see this ruled out in every major city as not only have I seen this happen, but it’s almost happened to me on numerous occasions. Mopeds try and overtake the person in front, regardless of where the incoming person is, so it causes one or both of the cyclists to be knocked off as there isn’t enough room.
So what are the problems keeping back the moped-ban-from-cycle-lanes dream in Amsterdam?
One of the ideas put forward is that mopeds should only cycle in certain zones in certain lanes. There has been heavy criticism about the proposed idea of just allowing mopeds to go on certain lanes in certain places outside of the center. People do not wear helmets anyway, if they are restricted to certain zones, then it doesn’t completely eradicate the issue as the issue is within the center of the city. So that’s a policy problem.
4,500 people responded to these plans and allegedly Amsterdam’s municipality will come up with a final decision later on this month, in answer to all of the submissions. Whether that happens or when it happens is yet to be seen. But 4,500 people is a lot to respond to and the city of Amsterdam is clearly having troubles with all of it.
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