Rise in Cyclist Fatalities in Berlin

Berlin has reported a record rise in cyclist fatalities in 2020, with 14 cyclist fatalities to date despite a drop in the typical drop in traffic due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, and around 14 miles (22.5km) of new pop-up protected cycle lanes.

 

Germany’s capital has seen more than double the number of cyclist related fatalities in 2020 as compared to the six fatalities recorded in 2019, as reported by The Guardian

The unexpected rise of cyclist fatalities reported in Berlin shows that cycle and pedestrian facilities need to be well designed, even if implemented through tactical urbanism, otherwise there is a risk of adverse impacts on safety, public dissatisfaction, with such initiatives generating adverse publicity.

For more information, see the original article at:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/24/berlin-reports-rise-in-fatalities-as-new-bike-lanes-fail-to-keep-cyclists-safe

Photograph Source: The Guardian. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty

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