Saturday, April 13, 2024

Danish cyclists screw up the traffic laws, survey shows

They bark against clutter, on the pavement and against the direction of traffic. Cyclists largely flout the traffic laws, a new survey shows.

It is both dangerous, illegal and expensive when cyclists break the traffic laws. Nevertheless, cyclists admit in large numbers that they ignore the traffic law.

This is shown by a new survey that YouGov has carried out for Gjensidige.

In the survey, as many as 27 percent of the cyclists questioned answered, for example, that within the past three years they have cards on the pavement.

Slightly fewer, namely 23 percent, have turned to the right for rot. While 17 percent have taken it over for yellow, even though they could manage to stop.

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– It is of course a shame to get a ticket if you think you have it completely under control, when you just slip into a mess, or have a short time on a pedestrian crossing.

– But we actually see some serious injuries where cyclists are involved, and even if many ride with a bicycle helmet, you are still a serious road user, says Lene Rasmussen, who is director of claims at Gjensidige.

Similar to cars, however, cyclists also have a significant lack of experience in traffic. 10 percent answer that they check their mobile phone and/or social media while driving around in traffic.

And Lene Rasmussen believes this is an expression of a regrettable trend. Especially among the 18 to 29-year-olds in the Capital Region.

– It is generally positive that so many choose the bicycle over the car. But in the cities there is also a lot of traffic and many things that can combine to cause an accident to occur.

– This is why it is particularly important here to keep the focus on cycling and not do all sorts of other things at the same time, she says.

Top 5 bad habits of Danish cyclists:

1. Choirs on the pavement

2. Turn right for root

3. Drive directly opposite yellow, even if you can manage to stop

4. Choirs in pedestrian crossings

5. Drive directly in front of clutter when there is no other traffic

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