Thursday 21 November 2019

I prefer the bike to my car any day, says the public face of AA

Conor Faughnan, of AA Roadwatch, is a great advocate of cycling. Picture: Damien Eagers
Conor Faughnan, of AA Roadwatch, is a great advocate of cycling. Picture: Damien Eagers
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Conor Faughnan, the director of consumer affairs at AA Ireland, is usually found talking about motoring - but when it comes to getting to work he prefers his bike.

"Over the past 10 years I have cycled into work as much as I drive," he says.

He lives in Knocklyon, in the suburbs of Dublin, and works in the city, leaving him with a 6km commute.

"I have a folding bike and it is very handy. You can just put it in the boot of the car."

He cycles "just to get from place to place because it is the quickest and most convenient form of transport."

He points out cycling means he can always get somewhere on time.

"On a lovely morning in the middle of summer you might be faster in a car, but mostly you are faster on a bike."

Dublin is the safest capital city in Europe in which to cycle, with the port tunnel meaning there are no longer any HGVs in the city centre, he points out.

Irish Independent

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