The 18,000 people who cycle to the Groningen University campus every day lost their priority again over the almost 12,000 motor vehicles on the cycle crossing with Eikenlaan. This priority had only just been granted to them. A two-month pilot with reversed priority was cut short. Right from the start the plan met a strong opposition from police and other emergency services, the bus operator and residents. After several incidents with drivers crashing into cyclists the situation was changed back. “The pilot was a failure, because it wasn’t safe enough” said a spokesperson for the municipality of Groningen in the local press. What happened?
The changed crossing on one of the first days after the priority went to cycling. (Picture Alternative Department for Transport, ADfT)
The Eikenlaan crossing in Groningen.
The priority arrangement is back to this situation of February 2016.