La Wikipedia holandesa y las vías segregadas para ciclistas

Los Países Bajos son considerados de forma general por el colectivo ciclista Ibérico como la referencia a imitar en lo que se refiere a infraestructuras segregadas para ciclistas, y la demostración de que funcionan.

Una consulta a la Wikipedia holandesa sobre el tema produce resultados sorprendente

Incluso sin leer el texto en holandés, las conclusiones de estudios que incluye al final, en el apartado “Fietspaden en veiligheid” (que como todo el mundo sabe quiere decir “carriles-bici y seguridad”) están en inglés y son sencillamente demoledores. He aquí algunas:

Cycle paths 292 accidents per million cycle miles, against 104 for minor roads and 111 for major roads.

– Kaplan. FHWA, US, 1975

Includes one-month hospital survey which showed 14 cycle path accidents against 1 minor road accident and no major road accidents in equivalent area. (…) All 3 serious accidents were cycle path.

– Ketteridge. Milton Keynes Development Corporation, UK, 1991

  • “Cycle tracks increase danger at every road junction.” (Transport Advisory Council, Ministry of Transport, UK)
  • “Cycle paths 292 accidents per million cycle miles, against 104 for minor roads and 111 for major roads.” (Kaplan. FHWA, US, 1975)
  • “Safety problems of two-way cycle tracks at junctions almost insuperable.” (Beukers. Dutch Ministry of Transport. ITE Conference, 1977)
  • “Principal accident types were collisions at road junctions and underpasses (poor visibility a common factor)” (Rainbird. Hertfordshire County Council/PTRC, UK, 1979)
  • “Based on study of 4,000 accidents in Köln 1976 – 1978. Cycle paths as traditionally built do not guarantee a reduction in casualties.” “Where cycle paths are present, the most common collision type involves motor vehicle turning right and cyclist going ahead.” (Alrutz, HUK-Verband, Köln, Germany, 1980)
  • “At junctions cycle tracks 3.4 times more dangerous than using road, but rising to 11.9 riding in ‘wrong’ direction.” “Cycle lane 1.1 times more dangerous than unsegregated road for going ahead.” “Left turns particularly dangerous from cycle track (11.0), less so from cycle lane (3.4).” “Poor co-operation between road users where there is a cycle track.” (Linderholm. University of Lund, Sweden, 1984)
  • “Cyclists 4 times more likely to have accident on roads with cycle paths.” (Berlin Police study 1981 to 1985.)
  • “Cyclist casualties increased 48% following introduction of paths. Car drivers, moped riders and pedestrians also suffered more accidents, with overall rise in casualties of 27%” (Bach, Rosbach, Joergensen. Vejdirekforatet, Denmark, 1988)
  • “Cycle track accidents high relative to mileage and use of tracks in catchment area.” (Mills. TRL RR220 UK, 1989)
  • “Cycle tracks no longer favoured in urban areas due to problems and danger.” “Preferable to remove narrow paths and where in bad state.” “Two-way cycle tracks to be declassified as particularly dangerous.” (Review of new Belgian Government policy on cycling, 1991)
  • “Includes one-month hospital survey which showed 14 cycle path accidents against 1 minor road accident and no major road accidents in equivalent area.” “All 3 serious accidents were cycle path.” (Ketteridge. Milton Keynes Development Corporation, UK, 1991.)

El artículo completo puede ser traducido del holandés con alguno de los servicios de traducción robot, como google translate. La traducción es mas bien cómica, pero ilustrativa.

¡LA PROPIA WIKIPEDIA HOLANDESA DICE QUE LAS VIAS SEGREGADAS SON PELIGROSAS!

La cantidad de información mostrando que las vías segregadas multiplican el peligro para los ciclistas es abrumadora. Una pregunta se está haciendo mas ineludible cada día que pasa:

Si se sabe todo esto sobre los problemas de las vias segregadas ¿por qué hay una desconexión tan enorme entre ese conocimiento y las actuaciones políticas y las reivindicaciones carrilbicistas?

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