AMSTERDAM, Holland (24 January 2000) -- Beginning on 1 March, moped and scooter riders caught riding on bike paths in Holland will be fined NLG70 (US$35). Since 15 December these vehicles have been required by law to ride on the normal roads within city limits.
The goal is to reduce the number of accidents taking place on the country's bicycle paths. Annually, 75 people are killed and 2000 wounded on Dutch bike paths. The main reason for the accidents is the high difference in speed between mopeds and bikes.
A government study showed that the number of accidents was cut in half when mopeds and scooters were restricted from bike paths. (JW)