Cyclists are vulnerable. That is why the government wants to improve the visibility of cyclists, as well as the safety of roads and bicycle tracks. Every year, some 190 cyclists die in road accidents, while at least another 9000 cyclists are hospitalised.
The central government is taking measures aimed at protecting cyclists, both young and old. For example, by:
- developing tools for local road managers to make roads and cycle tracks safer for cyclists;
- campaigns addressing issues such as distractions while cycling, and bicycle lighting. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is initiating such campaigns in collaboration with road managers, NGOs, and the industry;
- promoting innovations such as the development of a bicycle rear view assistant.
A speed pedelec (“high-speed e-bike”) is an electrically assisted bicycle with a maximum speed of 45 km/h. On account of this speed, speed pedelecs are subject to the same regulations as are mopeds. This means that a speed pedelec must be fitted with a moped registration plate in order to be able to use the public road, and the rider must have a moped driving licence.
The following speed limits apply to speed pedelecs:
- on carriageways 45 km/h;
- on bicycle/moped tracks outside built-up areas 40 km/h;
- on bicycle/moped tracks within built-up areas 30 km/h.