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Roundabouts increase bike accidents (Belgium)

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Research by the University of Hasselt (Belgium) found that intersections that are converted into a roundabout show a 27% increase of accidents involving cyclists. Accidents resulting in fatal or heavy injuries increase by 45%.
Research by the University of Hasselt (Belgium) found that intersections that are converted into a roundabout show a 27% increase of accidents involving cyclists. Accidents resulting in fatal or heavy injuries increase by 45%.

The study of 148 Flemish roundabouts has identified roundabouts with circulatory cycle paths as the most dangerous for cyclists, because of the increased risk of blind spot incidents. Hilde Crevits, the Flemish minister of Mobility and Public Works, stresses the fact that on average, roundabouts improve traffic safety when all transport modes are taken into account. She acknowledges however that roundabouts constitute a problem for cyclists. Because of this problem, new guidelines were introduced in 2008, in which the Flemish government give preference to separate cycle paths - or tunnels or bridges when possible - for new roundabouts.

Source: Het Laatste Nieuws.
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