Wednesday 21 March 2018

Mike Van Niekerk: Bring on the fines for cyclists

"What's your view of cyclists?" a London cabbie was asked in a documentary you can see on YouTube. "They're just organ donors guv," was his reply. Hilarious! As a cyclist who's had friends and acquaintances killed or seriously injured by motorists, excuse me if I don't laugh.

The trouble is, it’s not always the car driver who's to blame. Cyclists take risks when they flout road rules, the consequences of which can be pretty bad, so the Irish Government's plans to introduce €50 fines for disobeying the rules is no bad thing.

It would be stretching the truth to say I am myself a totally law-abiding cyclist, but my instinct is to stop at red or amber lights because in my home town Melbourne the fine for not doing so is the equivalent of €246. As a result, it’s been a long time since I've seen anyone chance a dash against red - until I arrived in Dublin.

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