Mixed feelings towards fine for cyclists

There has been mixed reaction locally to government plans to introduce on-the-spot fines for cyclists who are caught riding on footpaths and breaking red lights.

There has been mixed reaction locally to government plans to introduce on-the-spot fines for cyclists who are caught riding on footpaths and breaking red lights.

The new regulations, which also include failure to yield right of way at a ‘Yield’ sign, could be introduced next year.

With the cycle lane debate in Dundalk, there was strong reaction from those sitting both sides of the fence.

Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat on the issue, Fine Gael Senator Jim D’Arcy said that he welcomes the measures and would like to see it go further.

The former principal says that he plans to approach Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar about the possibility of introducing a fine to those who cycle and use mobile phones.

“I think these measures are very reasonable,” the Senator said, “Ultimately these are safety rules in the interest of all road users, cyclists need to have the same standard of rules as other road users.”

“I understand that local people will have issues with the plans due to the cycle lane debate,” said D’Arcy, “I myself had problems with some of the engineering of the cycle lanes, but I expressed those at the time.”

Meanwhile, Eamonn O’Boyle, Dundalk Town Council Chairman said that he would give the measures a “guarded welcome”.

“Cycling on footpaths are a hazard to pedestrians,” said the chairman.

“All road users have to adhere to the rules. Locals will have concerns because many don’t agree with the cycle lanes.”