School’s in! Slow down, police caution; Ecolint buses use math

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Cantons Geneva and Vaud are back in school today, 29 August, and police are reminding motorists to slow down near schools. School buses at Ecolint, the popular name for the campuses of the International School of Geneva, will start the year Thursday 1 September with a difference: the school has been working […]

Children under 7 must stay on sidewalk with scooters

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Hunting for information from the Swiss Federal Highway Department I came across this bit of news to me: children under 7 with scooters must either stay on the sidewalk and pedestrian paths or be accompanied by an adult if they will be on a road. So the 2 minute scooter run from […]

Swiss serious accident rate lowest since 1950s

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The number of people who died or were injured in road accidents in Switzerland fell below 20,000 in 2010, for the first time since the 1950s, numbers released 19 July show. Federal Statistical Office annual figures show that 327 people died in road accidents, 4,458 were seriously injured and 19,779 suffered lighter […]

Weather washes down Switzerland – boats in trouble, trees fall, cellars flood (update)

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Forecast is for more of the same Update 14 July 10:00  ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Thunderstorms and heavy rains are taking their toll in central and eastern Switzerland, with emergency services taking calls for pleasure craft in trouble on the lakes, trees down on roads, cellars flooded. Torrential rains in parts of Valais are prompting fears […]

Travel alert: Simplon road pass opens, trains rerouted following tunnel fire (update)

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Updae 19:00  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Valais re-opened the Simplon road pass between Italy and Switzerland Friday morning after closing it for more than 24 hours following a fire in the Simplon rail tunnel. The fire broke out in a freight train early Thursday shortly after the train left Iselle, in Italy, heading […]

Weekend break in Zadar, Croatia

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Ed. note: Barbara Ender, an occasional contributor to GenevaLunch, is a Lausanne-based travel editor. Walking through history By Barbara Ender “Would you like a free hug?” An offer I couldn’t refuse. I turned to see a group of cheerful girls in orange T-shirts, opened my arms and embraced all the youth and joie de vivre […]

Motorcyclist killed in Vaud, Swiss hockey player in critical condition

Kevin Loetscher reportedly hit by car while walking Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Police in canton Vaud say a motorcyclist was killed Friday evening on the Ollons Villars-Road, and in canton Valais, a young woman driver who was over the legal limit for alcohol, hit two pedestrians early Sunday. One of those she hit is reported […]

The survival of the fittest motorcyclist: Hanoi video

Journalist Jou Ying-Cheng from Taiwan, who worked in Geneva for a few years and who contributed occasionally to GenevaLunch while in Switzerland, is back working in Taiwan and traveling in Asia. He shares with us a extraordinary view of the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam, “Very defiant motorcyclist”:    

Tour de Romandie bike race heads for Geneva

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Expect disruptions as the race moves through canton Vaud   Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Tour de Romandie, a five-day bike race, was off to a sunny start Wednesday 27 April, running from Martigny in Valais to Leysin in Vaud. Brutt Pavel, Russian, led the group at the end of the first day. Police in […]

Swiss Easter highways, roads scene of accidents, high speeds

Woman killed near Founex, cyclist killed, driver caught going 201 kph on Valais autoroute Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The long weekend in most of Switzerland, for Easter holidays, has seen a number of incidents on highways and local roads, including a fatal accident near Coppet, canton Vaud, on the A1 autoroute. A cyclist in Geneva […]