Velodemos in cities demand right of way for children

Dozens of people on bicycles demonstrated in Basel on Saturday for child- and bicycle-friendly cities – the prelude to a total of eight such campaigns.

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Participants in a protest in Basel for better bike paths. – sda – KEYSTONE/GEORGIOS KEFALAS

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the essentials in brief

  • 150 cyclists gathered in Basel on Saturday morning for a demo.
  • The Swiss cycle path law should give special consideration to children and older cyclists.
  • It was the prelude to a total of eight such campaigns over the weekend.

Dozens of people on bicycles demonstrated in Basel on Saturday for child- and bicycle-friendly cities and communities. It was the start of a total of eight such campaigns in Swiss cities on Saturday and Sunday.

Around 150 cyclists got on their bikes for the rally in Basel city center in the morning. This was reported by a photographer from the Keystone-SDA news agency.

Among them were many families and children. They gathered at the Claramatte and drove about five kilometers long and two bridges over the Rhine to the Dreirosenpark.

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A protest meeting of the Kidical Mass action alliance for better developed and safer cycle paths in Switzerland. – keystone

Under the title “Kidical Mass” they appealed for children and the elderly to be given special consideration when implementing the Swiss cycle path law. These are dependent on an “forgiving” infrastructure that is separate from car traffic, it said.

Getting children back on their bikes

The use of bicycles among children has fallen sharply in the last twenty years. It is now a matter of reversing this “alarming trend” with better bicycle infrastructure. The demo organizers demanded this in a message.

“If Switzerland wants to achieve its climate goals, it has to get more children on their bikes again.” Jürg Buri, managing director of the national umbrella organization Pro Velo Switzerland, was quoted in the message. “Because they are the staff of the climate-neutral cities of tomorrow.”

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A cyclist on the cycle path. – Keystone

In March, the Swiss Parliament passed the Cycle Path Act, three and a half years after the Federal Decree on Cycle Paths was adopted. The bill obliges the cantons to plan a cycle path network within five years and to implement this within a further 15 years. Among other things, cycle path networks must be “in principle” connected and continuous, the paths should be safe and attractive.

Further bike demos were also planned for Saturday afternoon in the cities of St. Gallen and Zurich. Actions in Bern, Lausanne, Geneva, Thun BE and Baden AG are to follow on Sunday. A total of two days in over 200 locations in 15 countries, demos will take place under the slogan “The street belongs to us”.

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