A car-free day, less motorised traffic around the Gare and Grund district, more bicycle lanes? These are among the six out of the seven motions handed in by the Greens in the city council, as well as one together with the LSAP, to make cycling safer in the capital.

As an example, LSAP councillor Tom Krieps highlights the flaws in the cycling lane on Rue des Aubépines: "The problem is that at the moment it's a hybrid solution. If there are no cyclists, motorised traffic is allowed to drive on the cycling lane."

Drivers don't keep their distance to cyclists, especially when a big bus or truck is pushing closely behind them, says Krieps. He suggests removing the parking spots on the right side of the road and creating a proper, separated cycling lane.

Alderman Patrick Goldschmit (DP), head of mobility, finds the proposal illogical: "The lane goes all the way to Route d'Arlon but then ends there. That would just move the problem to Route d'Arlon or behind the hospital clinics," he says.

Read also: Corinne Cahen calls for "car-free city centre" in Luxembourg

Goldschmit says reducing motorised traffic is not the solution, as the street in question already forbids cars to overtake cyclists.

But a number of cyclists have already reported feeling under pressure when cars drive behind them; It was found that 4 out of 5 drivers do not comply with the overtaking ban.

The Greens are frustrated about slow progress in the case, given it had already been filed in February of 2022.

Greens councillor François Benoy: "We notice that the current majority is putting it in the drawer, because they don't have the political courage to says: I want to set priorities for suitable means of transport in the city."
Goldschmit reacts: "We want to do things well for our residents and improve the quality of life every day", but implementing solutions takes time, he says.

Video report in Luxembourgish:

Cycling safety discussions in Luxembourg City
Am Stater Gemengerot stoungen 7 Motioune ronderëm d’Mobilitéit um Ordre du jour.