Let’s live together, a road safety campaign

  

Since 2015, the road safety campaign “Let’s live together” (Cohabitons) reminds good practices to everyone. The campaign is primarily aimed at cyclists, but also at other road users, who are all required to cohabit harmoniously.

During the whole academic year, various actions will take place: a targeted signage, distribution of safety equipment, poster campaign, driving classes for cyclists and other actions to raise awareness. 

The campaign is financed together with the FEE and EPFL Sustainable Campus.

The right cycling gear

Please remember the legally required equipment if you want to circulate on the road:

  1. a continuous white front light and a red rear light in the dark 
  2. a white front reflector, a red rear reflector
  3. orange reflectors on both pedals
  4. inflated tires
  5. effective brakes

A bicycle bell (6) and reflectors on the wheels (7), a helmet, a reflective vest or armband are also part of the equipment that will keep you safe on the road.

 

A well-equipped bike

Zone 30 km/h

The speed is limited to 30 km/h on the whole campus. It facilitates eye contacts and cohabitation between every road users. With very few exceptions, pedestrian crossings are banned.

Rules

The rule is priority-to-the-right, unless otherwise specified.

  • Cyclists are sometimes allowed to drive on the opposite direction (if specified). 
  • Kick scooters, skateboards and other means of travel can use the right side of the road and must respect the traffic regulation, as the cyclists do.
  • Pedestrians can cautiously cross the road wherever they want. They should show their intent to cross in a clear manner: road traffic must still be given priority!
  • Car drivers must remain particularly alert and agree to share the road with other means of travel.

Benefits

This low speed limit results in:

  • a more friendly, more accessible, safer and clearer public space;
  • lower acceleration and deceleration cycles that generate additional fuel consumption, as well as air and noise pollution;
  • a better integration of slower vehicles such as bicycles;
  • a reduction of stopping distance;
  • facilitated pedestrian crossings;
  • fewer accidents and less serious ones, for vulnerable users in particular (pedestrians, cyclists).