Netherlands: bicycle police get flashing lights

The Dutch police have been cycling for a long time. Now the “Fiets” are to be equipped with blue lights. But there is one crucial difference to the normal police blue light.

Dutch police officers can now also use their bicycles with flashing lights. The authorities announced on Tuesday that police bikes would be equipped with it in six cities. “As police bikers, we are not always clearly visible now,” said a spokesman. “And in certain situations we just want to attract attention.” This applies, for example, to accidents or emergency operations in the dark.

In contrast to cars or motorcycles, the blue light does not give cyclists any priority over other road users. It doesn’t replace normal lighting either. The Fiets blue light will be tested until April. If it works, all police bikes should be equipped with it.

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