Between 2007 and 2013, 16 cyclists died on the island’s roads while many more were seriously injured, according to road safety NGO “REACTION Youth for Prevention”.
Cycling in Cyprus has greatly increased over the past few years, partly due to the economic recession, the organisation said. However without the correct infrastructure and without measures that are not taken, there are significant risks, REACTION president and Youth European Forum vice-president Marios Stavrou said.
During a presentation with organised groups of cyclists and the Cyprus Cycling Federation, it was decided that a list of suggestions would be submitted to all relevant bodies, some which, Stavrou said, should be implemented as laws.
Some examples include compulsory use of a helmet for people under 16, fluorescent jacket and an increase in fines for vehicles and garbage bins or billboards that block cycle paths, to €150 and €200 respectively.
Cyclists are also required to follow the Highway Conduct Code and not cycle while under the influence of alcohol.