Road rules for all
As we mark National Bike Week, it is worth noting not just its benefits but also the dangers associated with the activity, particularly for commuters.
Almost 90,000 use a bike as their principal means of transport to work, school, or college. Doing so has obvious health benefits but to enjoy those benefits, cycling must take place in a controlled environment. That means improved cycling infrastructure, cleaner air in cities, and , above all, a change in attitude on behalf of drivers and cyclists alike.
National Bike Week serves as a reminder to all users of the country’s roads to show tolerance and respect for others. Fifteen cyclists died on Irish roads last year. That is 15 too many.
Motorists must respect the right of cyclists to share the road with them by staying a safe distance, be alert to the presence of other road users, and give them the the attention and courtesy they deserve.
At the same time, there are too many rogue cyclists who think the rules of the road do not apply to them. For their own sake, and that of all road users, that must change.