Monday 20 November 2017

Cycling do-gooders - if you want to be taken seriously, you should start paying road tax

'What about people who don’t want to cycle everywhere? What about those who don’t appreciate being lectured to by people who are also holding out the begging bowl?' Stock photo
'What about people who don’t want to cycle everywhere? What about those who don’t appreciate being lectured to by people who are also holding out the begging bowl?' Stock photo
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Who would be a cyclist in Dublin? The fumes, the traffic, the dangerous motorists and distracted pedestrians, the simple act of cycling into work has now taken on an almost political significance.

And, like all political movements, they're mobilising - in the case of the cyclists, they're mobilising slowly. Very slowly.

That was certainly the impression in Dublin on Monday evening when a crowd of between 500 and 1,000 of Dublin's most irate cycling enthusiasts went on a slow-cycle protest through the city centre to the offices of Minister for Transport and Sport, Shane Ross.

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