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Safer roads are at the heart of liveable cities

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In November 2013, six cyclists were killed in car crashes in London within a space of only two weeks. The deaths shocked the public and led to a heated debate: Had the push for increasing the share of cycling been too aggressive? Had road infrastructure been sufficiently adapted? Were cyclists to blame themselves? Was there even a “war” going on between cyclists and motorists? While around 1,000 cyclists staged a “die-in” as a protest, the police despatched 2,500 officers to traffic hot spots. A BBC poll found that 20 percent of regular cyclists had stopped using their bicycle for their commute after the deaths.

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