Twice As Many Cyclists Killed On Irish Roads Last Year

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.

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