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Capital working on improving their zebra crossings



Non-profit ZUG, who push for a safer environment for pedestrians, recently pointed its finger at the city of Luxembourg over alleged unsafe crossings. The organisation identified 475, the municipality only considers 32 potentially problematic intersections.  Photo credit: Realityexplorer/Shutterstock

Non-profit ZUG, who push for a safer environment for pedestrians, recently pointed its finger at the city of Luxembourg over alleged unsafe crossings. The organisation identified 475, the municipality only considers 32 potentially problematic intersections.  Photo credit: Realityexplorer/Shutterstock

A recent report, published on 8 November, by non-profit centre for Urban Justice (ZUG) deemed over a quarter of pedestrian crossings (475 in total) in the capital dangerous. The City of Luxembourg now disputes the result and mentions its continual efforts to improve.

Based on data from a crowd-sourced collection of information by 20 active volunteers in the summer of 2021, the report stated many zebra crossings in the grand duchy’s capital were not compliant with the country’s highway code.

Though it identified issues with 32 crossings, “where the conformity could be debated”, the City of Luxembourg refutes most of the non-profit’s accusations, telling Delano: “ZUG’s analysis is based on a personal interpretation of the highway code, and not one by experts on the subject who have spent time on this on a professional level. ZUG, for instance, didn’t--according to their own statement--physically visit the places, but based itself on digital pictures and a digital lineal measurement, instead of going on location and working with objective criteria.”

Recently nominated among six candidates for Europe’s most accessible cities, the municipality argued that it is constantly working to improve the public spaces, especially for those circulating with a wheelchair or with the visually impaired. A representative of the municipality added: “The safety of all zebra crossings is defined by the highway code and governmental guidelines”.

The city had in the past already been criticised for providing unsafe cycling paths, and though the situation has improved, cyclists demand more safe infrastructures for those who aim to rely less on cars while circulating in the capital.