Blind man mowed down by cyclists who consistently break traffic lights
A blind man has called for cyclists to exercise caution when travelling near pedestrians after he was in collision with two cyclists in the city centre.
Speaking on RTÉ's Liveline, Mark Talbot said that when crossing over junctions he has been hit by cyclists on two occasions.
The blind man said he had been in pain after both collisions.
In both incidents the cyclists would have ''broken the lights and they would have seen me and - by mistake or otherwise - collided with me,'' he said.
As he travels into town every day for work near Leeson Street, he meets two junctions which he cannot cross alone in case he is hit by a cyclist.
''Both junctions I am forbidden from even attempting without sighted assistance, not because of the traffic, the lights or audio signals, because of the bicycles.''
''They consistently break the lights every single time,'' he added.
He recalled another incident when a bicycle courier was cycling on the pavement and began shouting expletives at him calling him ''a blind git.''
He has been totally blind for five years and has used a guide dog for the last two years.
''I've been able to depend on what I've been left with and I don't feel sorry for myself,'' he added.
The incidents happened on pedestrian crossings near the Iveagh Gardens near Hatch Street.
Meanwhile, another caller to Liveline said cyclists using the Dublin Bikes scheme are like kamikaze cyclists, and they do not use hi-visibility materials or helmets.
He said cyclists in busy peak hour traffic often act like they’re cycling along the seafront in Bray