Friday 30 September 2016

#CityCycling Near Misses: The reality of cycling along Dublin's streets

Geraldine Gittens

Published 22/07/2015 | 18:07

These are the types of behaviour we caught on camera in just two hours in Dublin city centre.
These are the types of behaviour we caught on camera in just two hours in Dublin city centre.

Cyclists breaking red lights, weaving through pedestrian crossings, and using the phone while cycling.

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Drivers turning left in front of cyclists who are moving straight ahead.

These are the types of behaviour we caught on camera in just two hours in Dublin city centre.

Ahead of the planned garda clampdown on law-breaking cyclists, we took to the streets to find out exactly how drivers and cyclists share the road.

As cycling is on the increase in Dublin city, the authorities are ramping up the policing on traffic violations.

Fines for seven offences including breaking a red light or entering a pedestrian area will be handed out to cyclists from August 1. Other offences include cycling without "reasonable consideration" and not having a light on their bike during lighting up hours.

The Road Safety Authority continues to issue warnings to drivers on how to share the road with cyclists. Under its message "we all share the road", the RSA asks drivers to "be respectful of cyclists and mindful of how they use the road".

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