Minister takes action after latest fatal bicycle accident: “Right Hook Problems” in Bicycle Heaven?

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September 30, 2013 – 12:18

Source: The Danish News

A cyclist was killed by right turning vehicle on Saturday. It is the seventh such fatality this year and more than double the number in 2012

Vehicles turning right across cycle paths present a real danger to cyclists (Photo: Colourbox)

Vehicles turning right across cycle paths present a real danger to cyclists (Photo: Colourbox)

The seventh fatal bicycle accident involving right-turning vehicles has prompted the transport minister, Pia Olsen Dyhr (Socialistisk Folkeparti), to take action.

On Saturday afternoon, a 20-year-old female cyclist was struck and killed by a tourist bus making a right-hand turn at the intersection of Store Kongensgade and Dronningens Tværgade in central Copenhagen.

The seven fatalities from right-hand turning vehicles is more than double the number registered in 2012. Due to the increase, Dyhr will convene a meeting to examine how the number of right-hand turn accidents can be minimised.

“All the relevant parties – cyclists, truck drivers, car owners and others – need to sit down and use our entire toolbox to find a solution,” Dyhr told the Ritzau news bureau.

The cycling union, Cyklistforbundet, and the trade organisation for business transport, Dansk Transport og Logistik, welcomed the minister’s initiative.