Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The reality of cycling in Vienna

3 days after her picture was taken riding this cargo bike this happens:

She went to work today, on her bike. At Waaggasse, a rather small one-way street (bikes have the option to go both ways) a car gets behind her and hits the horn a couple of times, then overtakes with next to no space between her and the car. Also, we are in a 30km/h - zone here and she is not a slow rider. 

The car has to stop at the next crossing, She asks the driver what the fuck is up with him.He accelerates and hits her bike on purpose. She starts yelling at him, he hits her again, with the car, and speeds off. 

She is in shock, but is alright. 

And now off to the best part: 3 hours later, after finally having calmed down, she goes to the police and tells them, what happened. Their response: "You are lucky that you don't have to pay a fee now, because you too have committed Fahrerflucht because you didn't come to us within 20 minutes. Also it was an accident and nothing else and will not be processed in any way." 

A month ago my wife was hit by a car that overtook her as they dashed for the flashing green light.  The car speed off and she recovered after a wobble and shock.  She did not even bother reporting this to the Police who are clearly not interested in the safety of vulnerable road users.  They are too busy at the moment controlling the size of bike reflectors and issuing fines.

This is the reality of cycling in Vienna and frankly it disgusts me.  Campaigners and the City needs to stop all the "Safety in Numbers" bullshit and understand that "Safety is Numbers".

2 comments:

  1. More on this theme and details of one of these incidents in German here:
    http://inartissojo.com/blog/fahrradfahren-in-wien/

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  2. Exactly! I have also been in many unpleasant situations while riding my bike in Vienna, one very similar to this story, but it's unbelievable that most have happened in the cycle-path in Argentienstrasse, One time a guy was blocking the way in his car, and I was waiting for him to move and the guy reacted yelling at me, getting out of the car with threatening attitude, so I started to ride... and I am a woman, and i was just waiting for him to move! it's so sad that a city that always auto-promotes as one of the best to live in the world don't really make good polities respecting urban biking.

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