Wednesday 19 June 2019

Postage stamp changed due concerns over 'attire worn by cyclist in image'

Communications Minister Denis Naughten Photo: Tom Burke
Communications Minister Denis Naughten Photo: Tom Burke

Cormac McQuinn and Ryan Nugent

A stamp looks set to be redesigned after concerns were raised by a cycling body over the attire worn by the cyclist in the image.

The Government was asked to approve a redesign of the stamp after the chief executive of Cycling Ireland raised concerns about the original image.

Communications minister Denis Naughten asked the Cabinet to approve the redesign of the stamp at their meeting on Tuesday.

A Government spokesman said that the original version showed a bike user wearing a high-visibility vest cycling at dusk.

He said that An Post advised that the chief executive of Cycling Ireland requested that the image be substituted with a new design depicting a cyclist wearing bright clothing, cycling during the daytime.

Cycling Ireland's CEO, Geoff Liffey, told the Irish Independent that the changes suggested by his organisation were in order to make cycling more accessible.

He said that a cyclist without a helmet or a high-visibility jacket in the daytime was a more regular view of cyclists and would encourage more people to use bicycles.

"It's about trying to normalise cycling," he said.

"Not all cyclists wear a helmet - while we would recommend it, it's not the law," he added.

The stamp is one of a series of four entitled Cycling in Ireland, due to be released next month.

Irish Independent

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