If you run a red light in a car it costs CHF 250. On a bike it costs CHF 60. Other cycling fines, such as riding with no hands on the handlebar (CHF 20) and riding on the pavement (CHF 40) are also comparatively low.
Hans-Peter Portmann, a federal councillor from Zurich wants this changed, according to Tages Anzeiger.
In addition to Portmann, around 70 other federal councillors support the move.
The accident prevention organisation BFU says cyclists in Switzerland caused 594 accidents in 2016.
Pro Velo President Matthias Aebischer thinks the plan, which he described as a “car lobby advance”, misses the point. He thinks the real problem is a lack cycling infrastructure.
Putting cycling lanes, that often haphazardly end, next to fast moving traffic is asking for trouble. This could explain cyclists using sidewalks but does not provide an excuse for running a red light.
Perhaps Switzerland’s knack for clear headed political compromise will find reason on both sides of the argument.
Update: The National Council, Switzerland’s parliament, rejected this motion on 8 March 2018. Click here for more information.
Tages Anzeiger article (in German)