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9 out of 10 cyclists have been struck by vehicle, says study shows

  • 80pc are injured on urban roads, rush hour the riskiest time
  • Call for rollout of more 30kph limits, drivers to slow down


Vast majority of cyclists’ injuries came as a result of collisions with cars or goods vehicles

Vast majority of cyclists’ injuries came as a result of collisions with cars or goods vehicles

Vast majority of cyclists’ injuries came as a result of collisions with cars or goods vehicles

Four out of five cyclists have been injured on urban roads and nine out of 10 have been injured by a car, new research released by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has revealed.

The results of the study show most cyclists' injuries happened as a result of collisions on urban roads with speed limits up to 60kph.

Just under 87pc of injuries happened in these locations and more than four out of every five cyclists' injuries were sustained on two-way single carriageways.


The research also revealed that the vast majority of injuries suffered by cyclists happened as a result of collisions with cars and goods vehicles.

More than 90pc of cyclists were injured in a collision in which at least one other vehicle was involved.


RSA’s Moyagh Murdock

RSA’s Moyagh Murdock

RSA’s Moyagh Murdock

There was a correlation between traffic and injuries, and accidents happened more often during the morning and evening commuting periods, for an hour from 8am and two hours from 5pm when road use peaked.

Another contributing factor to cyclists' injuries was vehicles' manoeuvring.

One in five injuries happened when cars were turning right. However, for goods vehicles, the opposite was true, with one in five cyclist injuries happening while the goods vehicle was turning left.

More than half of cyclists' injuries happened at junctions, with nearly a quarter resulting from collisions at T-junctions.

The RSA analysis looked at the leading causes of cyclists' injuries from 2006 to 2018 and showed injuries increased from 211 in 2006 to 1,056 in 2018.

However, the growth in popularity of cycling as a mode of transport was a big factor in the increase.

Between 2006 and 2016, there was a 52pc increase in the number of cyclists commuting to work, school and college.

The increase in recorded accidents was also due in part to new reporting mechanisms introduced in 2014 that enabled the collection of more detailed data on injury collisions.

Speaking on the publication of the report, RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock said she was calling for more investment in cycling infrastructure, greater roll-out of 30kph limits in urban areas and for motorists to reduce their speed.


"The majority of collisions involved a cyclist and a vehicle, and we know that when a cyclist and car collide the cyclist comes out worst," she said.

"We need to remove the potential for conflict by providing more dedicated and better cycling infrastructure.

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

"We need separate infrastructure for vehicles and bicycles that remove danger points from our roads.

"The clear message is motorists need to slow down.

"If involved in a collision, slowing down will give drivers time and space to react, especially if they are distracted, and avoid a collision in the first place."