Road rules for all

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

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.

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