Why I now use a GoPro camera when cycling; nightmare of walking near those cycle lanes
Lots of letters on cycling following last week's story. Thanks.
Re cycling (Motors, Feb 18): Just over three years ago I was knocked off my bike on a roundabout. I broke my wrist and had cuts to my knees, hands and elbows. It made a lasting impression on me.
Now I cycle with a GoPro camera fitted to my helmet. Not to catch out motorists but to monitor my own road safety.
Because first and foremost the camera makes me observe the rules of the road.
After all how could I ask a garda to examine my footage if I had broken the law.
So my camera serves two purposes.
One to record any event that might lead to an accident or injury to me or others so I can prove what happened without the need of witness statements
Secondly, to make me comply with all rules of the road and by doing so give cyclists a better profile because every day as I stop at traffic lights I see them break the lights, ignore good road behaviour.
Wearing the camera is a great deterrent to motorists who drive dangerously but I have no desire to give or share footage with the police unless it is really necessary.
My job is not to police the streets but to keep myself safe and that's what I'm advocating for every road user whether cyclist or motorist.
By the way I was asked to have the motorist who knocked me down charged with dangerous driving and I refused based on the fact that I do not believe he set out that morning intent on knocking me off my bike.
He was careless but none of us is perfect.
I find myself not trusting a single vehicle I see on the road when I'm on a bike; you have to be so alert because people do tend to be a bit blasé in vehicles and it is true that there is a lack of patience and understanding for cyclists - or people on bikes.
I don't cycle in the city if I can help it.
I have my route in and out of work on biggish roads and then on to the gym, other than that I stick to the less busy roads out of town.
I was hit by a driver last September who just didn't look left at all when turning right. I was travelling at around 30kmh down the hill and hit the side of the bonnet, catapulting over it and landing on my head.
Due to that I didn't have so much as a scrape on my hands; my arms didn't come out at all. My helmet absorbed the majority of the impact and I have attached the subsequent picture of it.
I also don't find any of the off-road cycle lanes in Dublin safe. The often-erratic way they are designed has you off the road, on the road, skidding into junctions, riding into gates, or even walls.
They aren't gritted, cleaned or maintained and make vehicles think you're a pedestrian.
I avoid using them as much as possible.
Anyway, that's a few views from a female cyclist, who commutes and races.
One item that was left out of the article on cycling injuries is the state of roads, positioning of drains, manholes and poles and the ridiculous excuse for cycle lanes that are more a hazard than a help to cyclists.
I'm only an elderly cyclist for six months and had my first fall last week.
Now I have a sore wrist as a result of slipping on a wet oily surface on a corner.
I am not a cyclist but am a more endangered species - a pedestrian who walks on the path.
I have hearing loss on one side so I am extra careful where I walk. I cannot hear anything coming from behind me.
This makes me a prime target for idiots on bikes: on paths, at traffic lights, just about anywhere.
They ignore the rules of the road, they use phones, walk the dog, headphones on and one guy was having a can of beer.
I used the canal to get fit after being injured. Can't use it so much now as the two-wheel terrors use them as well.
I have no problem with any user of any road, path or motorway in the country but I hate people misusing them and endangering my safety.
It is great that people cycle and great that the lanes are there for them to do so.
That does not give them the right to cycle anywhere and do what they want.
I saw an accident the other day. The cyclist broke the lights after coming off the path. He was on the wrong side of the road as well.
Blamed the driver.
The driver had a dash cam so he changed his mind after being shown the footage. He wanted the Garda till he saw the footage.
Maybe before blaming all the drivers in the world, the cyclists lobby should get their own house in order.