Sunday 22 April 2018

Partner of cyclist (30) killed by truck calls for road safety review

Anne Marie Ryan and her partner Donna Fox
Anne Marie Ryan and her partner Donna Fox
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The partner of a cyclist killed by a truck as she cycled to work this week has called for a review of road safety laws to better protect cyclists.

Anne Marie Ryan was speaking as she prepares for the funeral tomorrow of Donna Fox (30) from Balgee, Ring Commons, on the outskirts of Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

Donna was on her way to work in Meagher's Pharmacy, on Barrow Street near the Grand Canal Basin, when the tragedy happened on Tuesday at the junction between Seville Place and Guild Street in Dublin's north inner city.

The truck driver was uninjured but visibly distressed after the crash.

Anne Marie said she would urge Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council and Fingal County Council to review their cycle lanes and see if there is a way of improving facilities for cyclists and making them safer.

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"There have been initiatives to encourage more people to cycle to work, but if that is going to be a success then the facilities for cyclists need to be made safer," she said.

"There are still places where one of the most vulnerable road users are mixing with heavy goods vehicles and buses, and that is just not safe.

"Donna told me before that it annoyed her that the cycle lanes in the city are so disjointed, and how you can be in a cycle lane one minute and mixing with traffic the next," Anne Marie added.

Meanwhile, a pedestrian in his 60s died in the early hours of Thursday morning after he was struck by a truck on Wednesday night.

Gardaí in Listowel are investigating the fatal road traffic collision which occurred on the Finuge to Abbeydorney Road at Bealkilla, Lixnaw at 10.40pm on Wednesday night.

It brings to six the number of people who have died on our roads in the first six days of this month.

The man passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning. The lorry driver was uninjured.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.

His death brings the road death toll to 126 so far this year.

The road death toll has increased by 18pc this year compared with the same period in 2015.

Irish Independent

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