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Switzerland: Successful pilot test of cycling friendly traffic lights in Basel

Since 2013, experiments focus on two solutions for cycling friendly traffic lights facilities: permitting cyclists to turn right during the red phase and street crossing together with the pedestrians during their green period. The results are generally positive. Hence the Department for Building and Transport will request a change in traffic law from the Federal Roads Office. Thereby, the pilot test solutions can be implemented permanently.


Federal Court of Justice (BGH), Germany: No contributory negligence due to not wearing a cycle helmet

For cyclists, it is not mandatory to wear a helmet. Not wearing a helmet does not lead to a reduction in financial claims due to contributory negligence.


Baden-Württemberg: New manual for mountain-bike trail designation

The manual is a guide for the implementaion of attractive mountain-bike trails and contains aspects about tourism, environment protection, and administrative competences.


Ukrainian translation of German "Recommendations on the organization of cycling traffic infrastructure" published

The translation aims to disseminate successful practices and experiences in planning and designing safe and comfortable solutions for cyclists.


Germany: Battery lights on bicycles now allowed

With publication in the Federal Law Gazette (Bundesgesetzblatt) No. 43 of 31th July 2013 entered the Forty-eighth street traffic regulations in force, including the revised paragraph 1 of Section 67 of the road traffic licensing regulations.


Germany: The Road Traffic Regulations (StVO: Straßenverkehrs-Ordnung) came into force

On the 1th April 2013 the new road traffic regulations came into force. One of their objectives is to reduce "sign clutter". In addition, improved regulations governing cycling will provide more safety.


New Swiss E-Bike Rules

The Swiss Federal Council has set new rules for electric bicycles that allow for 500 Watt motors instead of the current 250 Watt.


USA: United States Department of Transportation: well-connected walking and bicycling networks is an important component for livable communities

United States Department of Transportation - Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation - Regulations and Recommendations


US: New Yorkers choosing bicycle lane over car lane - more than ever

The number of people choosing to cycle to and from work jumped 26 percent from last year, says a City transportation study released Monday.


Great Britain: London Cycling Campaign (LCC) successes against removing of chained bicycles

London Cycling Campaign (LCC) successes against a law that, had it been passed, would have allowed council contractors to remove without notice bicycles chained to railings even if they were not an obstruction or abandoned.


USA: Regierung beschließt Aufwandsentschädigung für Fahrradpendler / USA: Bicycle Commuter Tax Provision

Nach einem Bericht des "San Francisco Chronicle" vom 9. Oktober 2008 bekommen Arbeitnehmer, die hauptsächlich mit dem Fahrrad zur Arbeit kommen, ab 2009 eine Aufwandsentschädigung von 20 Dollar im Monat. / A report by the "San Francisco Chronicle" of 9th October 2008 said that employees cycling to work will get 20 Dollar tax provision per month

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