TWICE AS MANY CYCLISTS KILLED ON IRISH ROADS LAST YEAR
12 cyclists were killed on our country’s roads last year – twice as many as in 2013.
While the latest figures, published in the Irish Times, show there have been at least five cycling-related deaths in the first six months of this year.
According to the CSO, bikes make up just 2 percent of road traffic but account for 8 percent of overall road injuries.
Mike McKillen is the chair of Cyclists.ie and a safety consultant.
“The most dangerous threat are from motorised drivers exceeding the speed limit and over-taking cyclists far too close” he said.
“Then coming up to junctions – that’s where cyclists are particularly vulnerable – left hook turns as we call then where the cyclist gets crushed under a bus or a coach or an HGV, or indeed making a right turn at a junction” he added.