We have sent the above complaint to RTÉ about Friday’s RTÉ’s Late Late Show segment on cyclists which we believe contravened the code of standards of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Individual complaints can be sent to email@example.com…
We’ve analysed the Road Safety Authority’s fatal collision data for 2017 and put together this infographic which focuses on cycling deaths. All of last year’s fatal cycling collisions involved motor vehicles, with the vast majority of fatal crashes occurring during daylight hours.
73% of deaths were on rural roads. As a rural cyclist I’d like to know where you propose spending on infrastructure? Dublin? Other towns? Or in the country where most fatalities occur? What kind of infrastructure will save lives in rural areas?
…As the rate of fatal collisions has increased, so too has the level of hostility faced by people who cycle. Acts of impatience and aggression have become everyday occurrences and contribute to a sense that our roads are becoming less safe.
One factor that adds to this animosity is the hate speech against cyclists that is frequently published and broadcast by various media outlets, without the usual checks and balances that are applied to other minority groups.
Some people might feel that the use of the term “hate speech” is overly dramatic, but I have struggled to find another phrase that accurately describes the vitriol that is hurled at cycling advocates anytime they try to highlight the serious issues facing people who cycle in Ireland.
Hate speech can be defined as anything that incites prejudice or violence towards a targeted group of people. Many media organisations are wantonly publishing articles and opinion pieces about cycling, and cyclists, that meet this definition.
Likewise the radio and TV stations whose “shock jock” hosts spout accusations of widespread law-breaking by people on bikes, and gleefully read out tweets and texts to back up their own biased views.
Every time a cycling advocate appears on TV or radio they are bombarded with claims of misbehaviour and deviance. These defamatory assaults would not be directed at, nor accepted by, representatives of any other minority group, so why is it deemed acceptable to direct hate at people who choose to cycle?
….People on bikes have enough problems negotiating deathtrap junction layouts and cycle lanes that resemble obstacle courses. They do not need the further challenge of dealing with otherwise sane drivers being wound up by what they see and hear in the media.
It is time for Irish media organisations to start taking their responsibility on this topic seriously. If they continue to ferment antagonism towards a group of vulnerable road users like cyclists, it is inevitable that they will be at least partly responsible for someone dying or being seriously injured on our roads.
Cycle-hate is potent, dangerous and ultimately futile. It needs to stop.
On Saturday at 2pm we are having a Bike to the Beach event where we’ll meet at the Sails sculpture in Clontarf and cycle along the seafront cycle path to Dollymount Strand.
We’ll host a series of games and fun events on the beach until around 5pm. The event is free and open to all, and everyone is advised to bring a picnic…
…On Sunday at 10.30am we will host our second ever Liffey Cycle to show support for the proposed Liffey Cycle Route; a safe, segregated cycle path running along the North Quays from the Phoenix Park all the way to the Point Village.
Over 500 people turned out for our first Liffey Cycle back in April so we hope even more will attend this Sunday. We will meet at the Phoenix Monument, in the middle of the Phoenix Park, at 10.30am on Sunday and then cycle down along the Liffey Quays together….
…Our third cycling event of the weekend is the National Cargobike Championships which will take place in the Phoenix Park from 1pm on Sunday. This is a fun event which shows off the variety of cargobikes that are available in Ireland these days.
Details for all our cycling events this weekend can be found on Dublin Cycling Campaign’s website at link below. Thank you!
Hundreds of cyclists took to the streets to highlight the need for a safer cycle infrastructure.
Kieran Ryan of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, writes:
The event, organised by Dublin Cycling Campaign, involved more than 500 cyclists of all ages and abilities riding their bikes from the start point in the Phoenix Park all the way to the Point Village in Dublin’s Docklands.
Cycling has been in the news for the wrong reasons recently with five cyclists losing their lives on Irish roads in the first three months of this year.
A further ten cyclists died in the Republic of Ireland in 2016 and this worrying trend of cyclist fatalities has highlighted the need for proper, safe cycle infrastructure such as the proposed Liffey Cycle Route.
Dublin Cycling Campaign’s vision is for a vibrant, living city where everyone can safely enjoy everyday walking and cycling.
Further scenes from Dublin Cycling Campaign‘s reclaim the streets rally where cyclists, including Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD (pic 6) and Green Dublin City Councillor Ciaran Cuffe (above in suit), called for more of the Government’s transport funding to be steered towards better cycling infrastructure in the capital.