Every year, no fewer than 45,000 cyclists are the victims of solo accidents. Professer Dick de Waard of the University of Groningen, together with the Dutch Cyclists’ Union, Royal HaskoningDHV and local road managers, has been commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment to develop a ‘
forgiving cycle path
’. The aim of these cycle paths is to reduce the number of solo accidents and make sure that the accidents that do occur are less serious. A forgiving cycle path would by its very nature invite safer cycling behaviour.
De Waard and PhD student Frank Westerhuis investigated the effects of various adaptations to the verge. They concluded that making verges ‘forgiving’ would automatically keep cyclists on the right part of the cycle path.
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Matthijs Warrens has been promoted to adjunct professor at the UG. In his current research he investigates the school careers of students in primary and secondary education.
President of the Board of the University Jouke de Vries and Professor Arie Dijkstra will both give a speech during the Bevrijdingsfestival (Liberation Day festival) in Groningen.
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