Re: cyclists : be careful
As a cyclist who hasn't had an accident in 18+ years in Geneva, I recommend following these tips for safety:
-Ride on the side of the road. Not 1m from the curb,where you will piss everybody off, but 30-40cm. This will leave enough space for drivers in a hurry to pass you.
-Try riding at the same speed as traffic. If you go 10kmh and a car attempts passing you at 40kmh, it is a more dangerous situation than if you were going at 30kmh. The lower the speed difference, the better.
-Avoid large, busy intersections with traffic coming from multiple sides (near train station), and avoid any area that looks unsafe (ex: around plainpalais).
-Try to use car-less shortcuts. There's many bus lanes and parcs in Geneva which I use to avoid cars. I ride in traffic about 1/6th of the distance between Champel and Bel Air for example.
-Avoid riding at night, or when the sun is low. Even with lights on, drivers will not see you well. If riding at night, there's very few people out anyway, so you can ride on sidewalks. Cops are usually okay with it.
-Avoid carrying any bags (other than backpacks, or when affixed on the bicycle) on you or the bicycle. A bag with a shoulder strap will slide off in case of a sudden movement, and make things worse.
-Wear closed shoes. I see women riding with sandals / heels all the time, and that's just not safe.