Greenpeace study Cities are investing too little in safe cycling

Greenpeace study Cities are investing too little in safe cycling

Greenpeace study Cities are investing too little in safe cycling

In the opinion of the environmental association Greenpeace, the six largest German cities are investing far too little money in safe cycling. According to this, none of the six largest German cities spent an average of more than 5 euros per capita per year on cycling in recent years – cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, on the other hand, have invested many times that amount for decades. Significantly more bikes are used there, and at the same time cyclists have accidents around ten times less often. This shows a study published on Tuesday by the environmental association.

For the investigation, Greenpeace examined the public budgets of the six largest German cities Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main and Stuttgart. According to this, on average over the past few years, Stuttgart spent 5 euros per person per year on cycling, Berlin 4.70 euros and Frankfurt 4.30 euros. Then come Hamburg with 2.90 euros, Cologne with 2.80 euros and Munich with 2.30 euros. For comparison: According to Greenpeace, it is 11 euros in Amsterdam, and even 35.60 euros in Copenhagen.

With per capita investments in the order of 100 euros, German cities could make up their enormous deficit in cycling infrastructure, says Greenpeace. The association also referred to cycling accidents.

As the Federal Statistical Office announced in July, 382 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents last year. While the number of road fatalities fell by 13 percent between 2010 and 2017, the number of fatally injured cyclists remained almost constant. Accidents with trucks have particularly serious consequences.

“The federal government must provide money so that people can get around town safely by bike in the future,” said Greenpeace traffic expert Marion Tiemann. Up to 30 percent of all car journeys in metropolitan areas could be shifted to bicycles. Around half of the journeys made by car are shorter than five kilometers. The importance of the wheel in the volume of traffic is increasing continuously.

Cycling can help enormously in solving the traffic and air problems in many cities. To achieve this, bike lanes would have to be made wider and junctions made safer for cyclists. Uncertainty is one of the main reasons why people don’t use the bike more often.