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Death of a cyclist in Boulogne-Billancourt: associations ask for improvements that protect cyclists

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“The development of crossroads is not a fad of cyclists, it is a necessity to save lives”, estimates the association Paris en Selle.

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The associations Paris en Selle, Collectif Vélo Île-de-France and Mieux move à bicyclette are calling for improvements that protect cyclists, after the death of a cyclist run over by a truck at a crossroads on Wednesday July 21 in Boulogne-Billancourt, in the Hauts-de-Seine, while she was driving on a cycle path.

“We have known for a long time the solutions which make it possible to avoid the tragedies linked to blind spots, estimates Paris en Selle in a message on social networks, the development of intersections is not a fad of cyclists, it is a necessity to save lives. And painting is not enough. ” According to the association, “lhe real danger is the lack of development which allowed this driver to turn without looking and cut off the road for the young woman who was traveling on a cycle lane and had priority “. Paris en Selle asks “to equip heavy goods vehicles which circulate in town with anti-blind spot cameras.”

On the same line, the Île-de-France Cycling Collective asks “Dutch crossroads, everywhere, quickly”, because “heavy goods vehicles kill, blind spots kill, undeveloped crossroads kill”. Dutch intersections are equipped with islands to protect cyclists at intersections. These islands are located between the road and the cycle lane and can take the form of medians or be covered with small posts.

“This accident could have been avoided with a truck equipped with an anti-blind spot device and a safe layout of the crossroads”, adds the association Better moving by bicycle, recalling that “controlling the blind spot is an obligation under the highway code.”

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