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Source: Die Linke “If the total number of road casualties falls, but 20 percent more cyclists die in road traffic within two years, then politicians must act urgently. I therefore welcome the verdict, ”explains Andreas Wagner, chairman in the transport committee and bicycle policy spokesman for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, referring to the current ruling by the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court, which opposes the new temporary cycle lanes (“ pop-up cycle paths ”) the first instance decision of the administrative court are retained until a later decision. Andreas Wagner continues: “This means that the AfD, as the party of the asphalt junkies that went to court for purely ideological reasons, has failed for the time being and probably also in principle miserably. The Higher Administrative Court corrected the first instance decision and justified this with the fact that it was, with the predominant probability, incorrect in the result ’. Pop-up cycle paths can be a first and quickly implementable step to create protected cycle paths. In view of climate change, increasing bicycle traffic and, more specifically, the protection of human life, bicycle traffic must be increased and protected. Instead of just talking about the bike like Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, he must finally turn it for the bike. For municipalities that want to introduce such pop-up cycle paths, a legally secure framework must be created through a corresponding law. This is to prevent that not every pop-up cycle path ends up in court. Pop-up cycle paths are not only technically quick to implement, but according to a study by Greenpeace only cost around 10,000 euros per kilometer. In times of tight budgets, a funding program should therefore be launched at the current budget deliberations in the Bundestag. The pop-up cycle paths should then be stabilized into protected cycle paths. Because in times of the corona pandemic, cycling also serves as an alternative to local public transport, as well as climate protection and individual health promotion. “


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