I'm mad. I'm mad because the balance of our traffic laws have been upset. The problem? Tommorow traffic fines for bicyclists are going up with 50% to 100% to 160 - 200 USD.
Now, I'm not mad about higher fines for red-running or driving up a one-way street. Its dangerous - full stop. But why pepper fines for things like a missing bell, too few reflectors and moving forward at a crossing (which actually is safer)?
So should people just get away with it? No. But this is where priorities count. Fatal and serious traffic accidents are at a record low. And according to a traffic advisor at Copenhagen Municipality increased biking has played a crucial role in driving the numbers down. Now this is interesting, because most bikes in Copenhagen are in fact illegal!
Especially when it comes to reflectors, few bikes have enough. Now, does that call for shelling out inflated fines to cyclists who help reduce the number of serious traffic accidents? Not to me. Try an information campaign in stead - or consider if the law actually makes sense.
Sadly, there's no hope of a roll back. But I do hope that the police will focus on the real traffic problems out there. Just think about it - the happy cyclists you see here are in fact in for anything from a 160 to 580 USD fine...
Happy Cycling & a Happy New Year!