Friday 16 November 2018

Dublin cyclists warned to be on lookout for gangs of teenagers 'knocking people off their bikes'

A stock image of Dublin City Bikes Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A stock image of Dublin City Bikes Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Ian Begley

Dublin cyclists are being warned to be on the lookout for gangs of teenagers knocking members of the public off their bikes.

A near-victim of such an attack was cycling by the Royal canal on Tuesday afternoon when he noticed a large group of young people in front of him holding a rope. 

Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTE's Liveline, 'Luca' said: "I was cycling by the canal between Phibsboro and Drumcondra when I saw these kids hanging around.

"I slowed down because I thought there would be trouble and noticed a rope on the ground. 

"They lifted it up right in front of me... I stopped just in time."

Luca believes it was their intention to knock him off his bicycle for fun. 

He said the gang of about ten juveniles, aged between 12 – 18, then began to laugh and refused to apologise when Luca confronted them. 

The shaken man continued his journey and was advised by a number of people to report the youths. 

Luca then rang the guards, who said they were already aware of the situation. 

Mike McMillan of the Dublin cycling campaign told Liveline that he is very concerned about senseless attacks on cyclists such as these. 

"It's fairly worrying because you can do a lot of damage with mischief like that," he said. 

"I think we have to stop it because it can have serious consequences."

A garda spokesperson confirmed that they questioned three youths in relation to the incident.

"At 5.40pm on the 10th of July 2018, gardai received a report that a group of youths were interfering with passing cyclists on Royal Canal Bank near Cross Guns Bridge, Dublin 7.

"Three beat gardai were dispatched and engaged with a group of youths present. Details were taken and there were no arrests. Enquiries are continuing."

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