As warned for in the previous tip: the bicycle road is too near to the heavy traffic.
This has been the cause of many deadly accidents.
on Wednesday 19th of March, Irina Butsova, at age 22, died because of a tragical accident. When cycling on the cycling path, she lost balance and fell to the left. She fell under the wheels of heavy traffic, that is passing by at hardly few inches away. She was married and had a little baby girl. The bad infrastructure of this road, that goes through the heart of Mortsel, has been the topic of many similar deadly accidents. It will be one of the roads that will be redesigned with the huge traffic master plan of Antwerp, but that will take still too much time and already for YEARS!!!! we have been begging our minister to do something now (temp reduce the double lane of traffic to one and enlarge the distance between the traffic and the cycling path + controll on the passage of this heavy traffic that is using our city as an escape route). So far, ignorance. Thank you minister(s), you have yet another dead person on your conscious!
The very same day flowers where put at the location where she died.
View more about this at:
the fotki album
Recently end June 2003, a temporary adjustion was made: the road is reduced to one lane in each direction and the bicycle path is finally made wider so we won't have to risk our lives anymore. This all ofcourse to the outrageous annoyance of the almighty & frustrated cardrivers who value their comfort much higher then a human's life.
some how it is a transport tip... but when you have a look at the picture you will understand why I decided to put this on the danger tip.
This road is the Statielei and it goes right through the heart of the shopping street of Mortsel. It connects the road between Lier and Antwerp.
More and more lots of heavy traffic, escaping the jam on the highway, chose this road as an escape route.
But they don't only make it extremely dangerous for bicyclers and pedestrians, they also make the area unliveable with their stench.
Only a very few of them really have to be in the neighborhood, the others as mentionned above, are just using it as an alternative road.
The infrastructure of our roads are not made for this as you can see: the pink bicycle track is too small for safe use.