More cyclists expected this year in Latvia

Summer approaching and the COVID-19 limitations in place, more people are considering using a bicycle instead of public transportation. Representative of the Road Safety Directorate (CSDD) Ieva Bērziņa spoke to Latvian Television on May 22 on bicycle traffic and safety.

CSDD thinks that this year, because of the pandemic, will differ from others. Drivers have to consider that a large proportion of people in urban areas will switch from public transport to bicycles. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will have to live with the road infrastructure which is far from ideal.

Ieva Bērziņa pointed out that one of the main issues is drivers not indicating turns and not respecting the 'blind zone'.

"Still, cyclists don't understand that there are places where drivers can't see them at all, especially when doing a right turn," said Bērziņa.

CSDD recommends that cyclists plan their routes as safe as possible in advance.

"I, for example, would not cycle on Valdemāra Street, because there are four unmarked lanes. It's impossible for a cyclist. There is Skolas Street nearby with a bicycle lane, used actively by cyclists," said Bērziņa.

 

 

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