Saturday 3 December 2016

Councillor describes how 'irresponsible cyclist knocked me unconscious' in hit-and-run

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 12/11/2016 | 10:01

Nial Ring shows off his injuries
Nial Ring shows off his injuries

A Dublin City Councillor who was knocked unconscious by a hit-and-run cyclist has called for a crackdown on law-breaking bikers.

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Councillor Nial Ring, an outspoken critic of cyclist behaviour on roads and paths, was injured in the incident in Summerhill.

He said a cyclist coming up the wrong side of the road hit the door of his parked car as he was getting out. The door slammed back, hitting him on the head and knocked him unconscious.

"I was getting out of my car outside Summerhill Post Office when a cyclist, coming down the wrong side of the road, hit the door of my car as I was about to get out," the north inner city Independent councillor said of Wednesday's incident.

"The door slammed back into me and I lost consciousness for a few moments.

Blood

Summerhill
Summerhill

"When I got out of the car my face was covered in blood as I had hit the car door window as I was about to get out.

"Needless to say the cyclist disappeared," he told the Herald.

"The girls in the local post office cleaned me up and I felt well enough at that time. I thought I would be OK but I was sick and nauseous during the night and I had to go to the hospital yesterday morning.

"I had a CT scan of the brain and spine as well as an X-ray and the medical team in the Mater Hospital informed that I had concussion and whiplash," he added.

"This incident has not altered my opinion on cyclists at all. Some of them still behave in an irresponsible way, cycling the wrong way up streets, cycling on footpaths, breaking traffic lights and generally putting pedestrians, other road users and indeed themselves at risk.

Victim

"Something has to be done. I know I have criticised cyclist road behaviour in the past and now I have fallen victim to it.

"I can't work. I'm self- employed. I can't train or drink alcohol for two or three weeks."

He said more action needs to be taken against cyclists who blatantly disregard the rules of the road and put road users' safety in danger.

Gardai have imposed fixed charge fines on hundreds of cyclists throughout Ireland so far this year.

Of the 898 fines issued, 401 have been paid so far.

The remaining alleged offences are being processed or summonses have been applied for by gardai.

The current available figures for cycling offences detected by gardai relate to the period from January 1 to July 26.

A breakdown of the fixed charge notices issued by gardai includes:

* 144 cyclists detected riding a bicycle without reasonable consideration.

* 186 cyclists detected with no front lamp or rear lamp lit during lighting-up hours.

* 66 cyclists were detected cycling in pedestrianised streets or pedestrian areas.

* 480 cyclists were detected cycling through red signals at traffic lights instead of halting with the rest of the traffic.

* 19 cyclists were detected cycling through special cyclist stop signals at cycle traffic lights when the red light was illuminated.

* One cyclist was detected failing to stop for a school warden sign.

* And there was one cyclist detected breaking the law which applies to cyclists who fail to stop at a stop line, barrier or half barrier at a railway level crossing, swing bridge or lifting bridge, when the red lamps are flashing.

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