The children strike of 1972

Amsterdam Stories:

The immediate victims of this situation (which happened throughout all major Dutch cities) were children and bikers, confined to narrow, dangerous streets, full of traffic. The consequences were brutal:

“The number of traffic casualties rose to a peak of 3,300 deaths in 1971. More than 400 children were killed in traffic accidents that year”, reads this Guardian article.

The decrease of bike usage in the Netherlands is clear in the next graphic: