Road safety authority suggests being polite in traffic

Pedestrians are "the kings of the pavement", and cyclists can only use the sidewalk as an exception, Juris Teteris, the head of the Qualifications department of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD), told Latvian Television's Rīta Panorāma Friday.

The CSDD has unveiled an initiative called "Politeness unites" informing people about the new road safety regulations and encourage people to be more polite towards one another whilst in traffic.  

According to Teteris, accidents involving cyclists and people on foot have been on the decline, with 30% less accidents registered this year over the same period in 2015.

On January 1 road traffic rules were adopted allowing cyclists to use the sidewalk only in adverse weather conditions or heavy traffic. Under the new rules cyclists are also allowed to use zebra crossings without traffic lights.

The CSDD expects that, as Latvia adds more cycling infrastructure, cyclists will disappear from the sidewalks altogether.

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