Call for road safety cam­paign for cy­clists

Bray People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

GROUPS of cy­clists are putting them­selves at risk by fail­ing to re­alise the po­ten­tial dan­gers when cy­cling on ru­ral roads, Wick­low County Coun­cil was told at its lat­est monthly meet­ing

llr Shay Cullen called on the coun­cil to launch a road safety cam­paign for cy­clists and mo­torists alike dur­ing last week’s meet­ing.

‘ The safety con­cerns mul­ti­ply over the week­end,’ warned Cllr Cullen.

‘ Take ru­ral roads – say the road from Kil­macanogue to Glen­dalough – you have large groups of cy­clists on the roads, with a build-up of traf­fic be­hind them. Some mo­torists end up tak­ing risks be­cause they get so frus­trated. A lot of cy­clists don’t take the op­por­tu­nity to pull in or let the traf­fic pass them.

‘Some­times I don’t think cy­clists un­der­stand the is­sues on ru­ral roads and the dan­gers. Of­ten they don’t wear high-vis jack­ets, their front or rear lights don’t work and un­for­tu­nately, they have no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

‘I don’t want peo­ple to think this is an at­tack. It is purely down to a safety is­sue. Cy­clists pro­vide rev­enue to our county. They use shops and cafés and that shouldn’t be lost in the de­bate.’

Cllr Cullen pro­posed that Wick­low County Coun­cil launch a road safety cam­paign for both cy­clists and mo­torists.’

Cllr Gerry O’Neill also ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion at some cy­clists.

‘Cy­clists have a re­spon­si­bil­ity as well. It is crazy and frus­trat­ing to try and get from A to B only to be stuck be­hind three to four cy­clists chat­ting away about this and that and hold­ing up the whole show. Maybe we need to erect sig­nage for their own safety ad­vis­ing them to travel in sin­gle-file.’

Cllr Bren­dan Thorn­hill felt the prob­lem was two-fold, with cy­cle lanes of­ten blocked up by parked cars.

‘I have seen cy­clists with­out lights, not wear­ing high-vis jack­ets and go­ing through red lights and cy­cling on foot­paths.

‘But then there is a counter-point. In Bray there is no short­age of cy­cle lanes but at school times and other busy parts of the day, they are blocked up by parked cars. There is a lack of con­sid­er­a­tion to­wards cy­clists as well.’

Cllr Steven Matthews said that there was a lack of investment in cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture, es­pe­cially when tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple who reg­u­larly cy­cle.

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