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Dangers of bikes and e-scooters travelling at speed on footpaths

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Cllr. Maeve Yore

Cllr. Maeve Yore

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Cllr. Maeve Yore

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Concerns about bicycles and e-scooters travelling at speed on footpaths were raised at the recent meeting of the Dundalk Joint Policing Committee.

Cllr. Maeve Yore appealed for greater efforts to tackle the number of cyclists and e-scooters using footpaths, some of which are doing so at speed.

Cllr. Antoin Watters added that he had received about similar incidents, particularly involving e-scooters, in Carlingford.

Cllr. Edel Corrigan added that as e-scooters are a popular Christmas gift, there was an opportunity for greater education and awareness raising about their use.

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Cllr, Conor Keelan said they were more notable around Christmas, but pointed out that that they “could be quite dangerous” especially if used on footpaths.

Cllr. Kevin Meenan added that they were also being used on roads, and often by young people dressed all in black, It was dangerous, he pointed out, if they began going in and out of traffic.

JPC member John Temple added that signage on both bicycles and e-scooters could be beneficial.

He also asked about cross border operations with the PSNI focused on the activities of ‘boy racers’.

Supt Charlie Armstrong told members that a cross border checkpoint had recently been held, adding that co-operation was ongoing.

On e-scooters, he agreed there was an opportunity for education and awareness.


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