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Dubliners handed 75% of all Irish cycle fines last year

Cyclists in Dublin most likely to be rapped for pavement cycling and jumping red lights

Dublin cyclists were the most likely in any Irish region to be given a fine for cycling crimes, receiving 75 per cent of all on the spot fines least year.

In 2015, of the 588 tickets handed out for flouting the law, 444 were given to Dublin cyclists.

Penalties, which are a flat rate of 40 Euros, can be for jumping red lights or riding in pedestrian zones.

Garda told Dublin Live: "Cyclists are vulnerable road users and as such must take every precaution whilst on the road, in the same vein as pedestrians and motorcyclists.

"Cyclists must abide by all road traffic regulations and ensure they are visible to other road users at all times.”

This year appears to be no different, with 63 per cent of Ireland’s collective fines since the beginning of the year being issued in Dublin.

But the police say there are other success stories in cycling, with a drop from 13 cycling deaths in Ireland in 2014 to just two so far this year.

A spokesperson said: ”The more cyclists there are, the safer it becomes as other road users become more accustomed to seeing and interacting with them.”

Dublin has seen its fair share of cycling concerns in recent weeks, with just this week a cyclist dying from his injuries after colliding with a pedestrian in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

A 59-year-old man from Castleknock, was riding in the cycling lane of Chesterfield Avenue in the direction of the city at around 8.40pm on Monday. Between the Castleknock Gate and Áras an Uachtaráin he collided with a man in his 30s.

The cyclist was taken to Beaumont Hospital but died from his injuries on Wednesday night.

And while Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary can never be said to speak for all Dubliners, he was out and about this week making controversial remarks – his latest being a suggestion that cyclists should be taken out and shot.

The businessman made his comments in a keynote speech at the Creative Minds conference at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this week.

At the event, organised by the US Embassy, he took aim at the city council’s ambitions to get more people cycling.

"That's all we need in Dublin is more blooming bicycles," he said. "In a country where it rains about 250 days a year, the way forward for Dublin is more bicycles.

“Let's just go back to walking altogether. Soon we'll be living in caves designed by Dublin City Council. Traffic won't work, there's nowhere to park the cars and yet this is a smarter way forward.

“We should take the cyclists out and shoot them."


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DrG82 | 8 years ago

Within reason I'd welcome enforcement of road rules for everyone in my area, both cyclists and drivers. As it is Swansae is a free-for-all with drivers jumping lights/speeding/parking everywhere and cyclists doing whatever they like.

Every time a driver sees a cyclist jumping a red light it gives them a stick to beat the whole cycling population with.

HalfWheeler | 8 years ago

No arguments with RLJs here. A fucking pox on them.

brooksby | 8 years ago

I wonder if this is because of the population spread in the republic, with Dublin as the population centre hence more cyclists hence more fines?

jova54 replied to brooksby | 8 years ago

brooksby wrote:

I wonder if this is because of the population spread in the republic, with Dublin as the population centre hence more cyclists hence more fines?


About a quarter of the republic's population is in Dublin but, I would imagine, the figure is more a reflection of where the pavements are rather than the population and a bias of more police per head of population in a capital city.

ron611087 | 8 years ago

I wonder how much the provision of decent cycling infra, and the legalisation of the Idaho stop would change those stats?

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