Tuesday 20 February 2018

Overtaking law will give our cyclists a safe space on the roads - and save many lives

'It is time to move on from the perception that there is some kind of road-user hierarchy where cyclists are treated as little more than an annoyance.' Stock image: PA
'It is time to move on from the perception that there is some kind of road-user hierarchy where cyclists are treated as little more than an annoyance.' Stock image: PA

Ciarán Cannon

There are probably a quarter of a million of us on Irish roads every week. Some 12,000 of us travel into Dublin city centre every day.

We are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. Five of us have been killed in the last eight weeks and on average one of us is killed every month. We are cyclists, we are vulnerable and we need to be protected.

It is time to move on from the perception that there is some kind of road-user hierarchy where cyclists are treated as little more than an annoyance. Instead, we need to acknowledge that everyone has a legitimate right to a safe space on our roads where their life is not put at risk simply because they choose a bicycle as their mode of transport. It's also important to note that the vast majority of adult Irish cyclists are also motorists, yet we have managed to create an illogical "them and us" scenario and it needs to be addressed.

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