In order to protect cyclists, the state traffic watch calls for an expansion of the 30 km/h zones in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. "Meanwhile, 80 percent of all people at least sometimes ride a bike. This increases the mathematical risk of something happening," said traffic safety president Hans-Joachim Hacker of the "Ostsee-Zeitung" (OZ) (online edition on Sunday). In addition, children and young people need to be better informed about the dangers of road traffic.
According to the Ministry of the Interior in the Northeast, six cyclists and pedestrians had already died in road traffic by the end of May 2022. According to the newspaper, last year - in the second Corona year - there were only two in the same period. Hacker sees the increase as a warning sign, one of the problems is that drivers misjudge the speed of e-bikes.
The General German Bicycle Club (ADFC) in the state blames the sluggish expansion of the cycle path network for the development. According to the report, its state chairman Horst Krumpen said: "The infrastructure cannot keep up with the changing mobility."