Friday 2 December 2016

Motorists, take heed: the road belongs to all of us who use it

Jillian Godsil

Published 14/10/2015 | 02:30

In the Netherlands, there are, on average, 1.1 bicycles per adult and the country's cycling infrastructure ensures it is the cycling capital of the world. In Ireland, cyclists compete with pedestrians and buses for much-desired road space and then thumb their noses at their combustion-engined competitors as they snake through red lights and over footpaths
In the Netherlands, there are, on average, 1.1 bicycles per adult and the country's cycling infrastructure ensures it is the cycling capital of the world. In Ireland, cyclists compete with pedestrians and buses for much-desired road space and then thumb their noses at their combustion-engined competitors as they snake through red lights and over footpaths

Just who is King of the Road? Earlier this year, a Mayo farmer driving his tractor was catapulted to fame when it emerged in court that he had caused a seven-mile tailback with almost 100 cars trapped behind him.

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The judge ordered the farmer to pay €300 in fines and banned him from driving for a year.

The farmer had argued that he had pulled over earlier to allow cars to pass and did not realise the extent of the tailback. There was not a lot of sympathy for him.

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