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A new cyclist-injury report finds there is an urgent need for action on speed limits and infrastructure.

Regardless of who is at fault, the laws of physics dictate that when a cyclist and a car collide, the cyclist always comes out worse.

As the primary reason for cyclist injury is due to collisions with vehicles the report says the obvious solution is to remove the potential for conflict by providing more dedicated and better cycling infrastructure.

An average of 10 cyclists have died on our roads for each of the past 13 years.

But the report finds the mortality rate represents only the tip of the iceberg'

The wider consequence is the number injured in crashes.

The RSA study examined the number of cyclist injuries from 2006 to 2018 - with a focus on 2016.

It looked at the main causes of cyclist injuries and found numbers increased from 211 in 2006 to 1,056 in 2018. The increase is due to two factors:

* The growth in cycling's popularity. In the 10 years between to 2016, census figures indicate there was a 52pc increase in the number cycling to work, school or college;

* New reporting mechanisms, introduced in 2014, helped collect more detailed data.

The research finds cycling injuries mostly happened as a result of collisions with cars and goods vehicles (more than 90pc) - and more often during morning and evening commuting periods.

The results show most (87pc) were injured in collisions on urban roads with a speed limit lower than 60kmh. More than four-in-five were injured on two-way single carriageways.

In excess of half the cyclists were injured at junctions; nearly a quarter at T-junctions. One-in-five were injured when cars were turning right while the opposite was true with goods vehicles: one-in-five cyclists was injured while the van was turning left.

Critically it was found the most common driver action prior to a collision was "failure to observe" (40pc).

Ireland is lagging behind many European counterparts in introducing dedicated cycle tracks.

"We need separate infrastructure for vehicles and bicycles that remove danger points from our roads and reduce conflict between road users," the RSA says.

* Well done to Peugeot on their new 208 being voted European Car of the Year for 2020.

It garnered 281 points, ahead of the Tesla Model 3 (242 points), Porsche Taycan (222), Renault Clio (211), Ford Puma (209), Toyota Corolla (152) and BMW 1 Series (133).

* Congratulations to Bandon dealership Finbarr Galvin Ltd which has been chosen as SEAT Ireland's dealer of the year 2019.

This is the third time to win the accolade (previously in 2015 and 2016).

Consistently a top-performing retailer it employs 16 staff in the SEAT side of the business and 32 in total.

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