Irish Cycling Advocacy Network calls for action to reduce risk to Louth cyclists

Demand for immediate actions

Donard McCabe

Reporter:

Donard McCabe

Irish Cycling Advocacy Network calls for action to reduce risk to Louth cyclists

Irish Cycling Advocacy Network calls for action to reduce risk to Louth cyclists

As a response to the tragic death of a cyclist in County Meath last weekend, Cyclist.ie, the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, have made a demand for immediate actions to reduce or eliminate the risk to cyclists on Irish roads.

Last weekend’s death has brought to 12, the number of people killed while cycling in Ireland, so far in 2017.

Colm Ryder, Cyclist.ie Chairman said

“These deaths have not been caused by accident; they have been caused by avoidable collisions. 

“Collisions arise because of error, incapacity, inattention or distraction on the part of drivers or cyclists, with inadequate design or maintenance of roads or vehicles as contributory factors.

“Other factors that contribute are lack of awareness of, and/or respect for people who cycle, and dangerous driving such as speeding and dangerous overtaking.”

The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network have are calling on the following immediate actions to reduce or eliminate the risk to cyclists on Irish roads:

  • “We call on the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to increase funding for cycling, invest in safe, well designed infrastructure for cycling and to introduce necessary changes in the law such as the proposed Minimum Passing Distance Law.
  • “We call on the Minister for Justice, Charles Flanagan, and the Garda to improve and increase enforcement of road traffic laws, especially in relation to cyclists’ safety and well-being.”
  • “We call on the RSA to increase its efforts to improve road safety for vulnerable road users, and in particular to bring about improvements in the education of drivers to be more aware of, and to give adequate space and respect to cyclists and pedestrians on our roads.”
  • “ We call on all road users
    • to drive with due care and attention,
    • to refrain from speeding and using mobile phones and other distractions,
    • to refrain from drinking and impaired-driving,
    • to keep their vehicles roadworthy, and above all
    • to be aware of, and respect each other on the road.”