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Stephan, thanks for this article. There seems to be an urgent need for dramatic improvements in bicycle infrastructure. Not only in Berlin or the other cities the Protocity wrote about, but everywhere in the world.
Something that subscribes to this urge is this article, where a kid – after his mom was hit by a van while cycling – sends a letter to the responsible authorities to ask for improvements, and gets a horrid reply. A must read: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/02/suffolk-legislator-has-bike-safety-solution.html