Tuesday 28 March 2017

'One of the most heartbreaking interviews I have ever seen' - Father of cyclist killed in Dublin speaks to Claire Byrne Live

Claire Byrne talks cycle lanes and road safety with Peter Fox whose daughter Donna was killed while cycling just a month ago. Photo: RTE / Claire Byrne Live
Claire Byrne talks cycle lanes and road safety with Peter Fox whose daughter Donna was killed while cycling just a month ago. Photo: RTE / Claire Byrne Live
Peter Fox speaks to Claire Byrne Live about cycle lanes and road safety following the death of his daughter Donna. Photo: RTE / Claire Byrne Live
Donna Fox
Donna Fox died last month

Robin Schiller and Sasha Brady

The father of a cyclist killed following a collision in Dublin city centre last month gave his first television interview about the death of his daughter.

Donna Fox (30) tragically passed away after her bike collided with a truck near East Wall in the north inner-city on September 6.

Her father, Peter Fox, spoke to Claire Byrne Live on Monday night about the family's grief and called for authorities to "earn their wages" and make the streets safer for cyclists.

In a heartbreaking account, he revealed the moment he found out that his daughter was dead.

Peter Fox speaks to Claire Byrne Live about cycle lanes and road safety following the death of his daughter Donna. Photo: RTE / Claire Byrne Live
Peter Fox speaks to Claire Byrne Live about cycle lanes and road safety following the death of his daughter Donna. Photo: RTE / Claire Byrne Live

“I heard on the radio that there was a cyclist killed and I was thinking ‘Jaysus, some poor family are going to get that news’", he told the audience.

Donna was planning to marry her partner and the couple were looking forward to making a home together.

"Every father would say she was brilliant but she was you know. She was a great friend, she never let me down. She was great company. She kept the family going, she kept all of us on our toes.

"I said to her 'look, you're mad cycling in the city'. I said 'it's a death trap' and she said 'no, it's cycle lanes the whole way'. You can put a cycle lane through my sitting room, I wouldn't care if it saved some family going through this," Mr Fox said.

Donna Fox
Donna Fox

Mr Fox criticised the lack of new roads to accommodate cyclists, with the width of the roads not catching up with increasing vehicle sizes.

"The roads in the cities are the roads that were there a hundred years ago and now they're not being made, new roads aren't being made any wider. There is in places cycle lanes being put in, but cycle lanes go so far and then they stop like it's a patchwork quil

"You're riding along grand in a cycle lane, then you're stuck out in the middle between cars, lorries, buses, taxis, the whole lot.

"Cars and lorries and all are getting bigger, the roads are not getting bigger. There's new roads being built and they're still being built to the same width as they were 30, 40, 50 years ago," Mr Fox said.

Audiences were quick to take to Twitter to praise Mr Fox's bravery and echoed his concerns about safety for cyclists in the city.

Irish Independent

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