A drawing of a bicycle-friendly city

Focus on safety

How can the safety of pedestrians and cyclists be improved, especially in everyday situations? The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly Cities, Municipalities and Counties in North Rhine-Westphalia e. V. (AGFS) will focus on the subject of traffic safety as the core of this year’s congress, which will take place on 21 February at the Essen Exhibition Centre parallel to the popular public “Fahrrad” exhibition.

Experts from politics, administration and research will, inter alia, discuss modern transport infrastructure that ensures greater safety, in particular for short-distance mobility, and determine the legal framework required for this, such as adapting the Highway Code.

The subjective perception of safety will also play a role in Essen. Pedestrians and cyclists are increasingly feeling harassed by motorised vehicles, although the relationship between pedestrians and cyclists itself is often not characterised by consideration.

The “Liebe braucht Abstand” (“Love Requires Space”) road safety campaign presented at the congress addresses the often problematic spacing behaviour between unequal road users. It will be cooperatively conducted by the AGFS, the Zukunftsnetz Mobilität NRW and the Landesverkehrswacht NRW and financed and supported by the Ministry of Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The preliminary program and a registration form for the AGFS Congress can be found at: https://www2.agfs-nrw.de/events-und-kampagnen/agfs-kongress-2019.html

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