Friday 21 July 2017

'The punishment pass' - Cyclist's footage shows near misses with motorists

Mark McConville

Mark McConville

A cyclist has released footage showing his many near misses on Irish roads.

John Grace (49) from Co Cork says he loves cycling but says things are getting "ridiculous" on Irish roads.

Mr Grace claims that some motorists are intentionally trying to hit cyclists in what he claims is referred to as a "punishment pass".

Speaking to Independent.ie, Mr Grace said: "You need to have the concentration of a Samurai as soon as you get on the road."

He said there are some drivers who don't leave enough space or turn into a cyclist on a corner.

He added that there are some motorists who "intentionally try to hit us."

He continued: "It’s referred to as a ‘punishment pass’ . When a driver tries to teach a cyclist a lesson. They nudge or drive close to cyclists to show them who is in control and that cyclists should know their place."

Mr Grace said he has been cycling for 17 years and he loves it despite having a couple of accidents and injuries.

He explained that his motivation for releasing the footage, filmed over six months, is to warn others.

"I want to try and help this issue because I feel so strongly about it. Having cycle lanes isn’t enough. Motorist don’t know any of the rules, this should be taught when learning to drive. Motorists need to be educated."

So far in 2017 57 people have lost their lives on our roads, down eleven from the same period last year.

Seven of those fatalities were cyclists, this is compared to three year-on-year, furthermore ten cyclists died on our roads during 2016 and nine in 2015.

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