Stillorgan, County Dublin
Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, CEO of the Road Safety Authority Moya Murdock, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council Ossian Smyth and Chief Superintendent of an Garda Siochana Paul Cleary pictured beside new signage advising motorists of the 1.0m gap they must allow between overtaking cyclists, on the Intersection between Lower Kilmacud Road and Mount Anville Wood, Stillorgan, County Dublin.
Transport Minister Shane Ross (top) has introduced new dangerous overtaking laws which took effect at Midnight
The dangerous overtaking of cyclists will now incur a fixed charge fine of up to €120 and a minimum of three penalty points.
The new regulations state “a driver shall not overtake or attempt to overtake if to do so would endanger or cause inconvenience to a pedal cyclist.”
I BIKE Dublin Spokesperson Vanessa Sterry said:
“Our die-in in front of the office of the Garda Traffic Department last Friday was to highlight that current enforcement of existing legislation is completely insufficient to keep people who cycle safe from the minority of drivers who behave dangerously on the roads.
“I BIKE Dublin continues to call for the Gardaí to be equipped and staffed properly and to use evidence-based policing as has been proven to work in other jurisdictions. The West Midlands Police in the UK have pioneered online video portals to enable quick prosecution. New legislation to protect people who cycle is meaningless, without an announcement by Ministers Flanagan and Ross that the Gardaí will use international best practice.”
New cycling laws step in right direction – Dublin Cycling Campaign (RTÉ)
I Bike Dublin
Friday: Die-In Another Day
Cycling advocate Oisin O’Connor meets Shane Ross.
James Gallagher writes:
Think about it.
How many wheel friends have you got?
Cycling Ireland has partnered with AXA Insurance to create AXA Community Bike Rides, an exciting new programme that inspires people all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to get out on their bikes.
AXA Community Bike Rides are free social leisure rides for adults of all ages and abilities. A trained Ride Leader will ensure your cycle is both safe and enjoyable. Participants can choose from ‘Easy Going’ or ‘Challenging’ rides meaning there is a distance and pace to suit everyone….
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Cork city’s first cycle map.
The brainchild of the Transport & Mobility Forum (TMF) and the Cork Cycling Campaign, the routes were suggested by regular cyclists based on segregation, quality and connectedness.
TMF co-ordinator Sandy McGroarty said “cycling around Cork can be made more enjoyable by using the routes suggested on the map which are often safer, quieter and quicker than other routes”.
Cork city cycle map for locals and visitors launched (RTÉ)
Irish Plogging Divas tweets:
D-Day for decommissioning (just me?) bike stands in @ucddublin. I presume new ones will stand (groan) the test of time #cycling #Dublin #studentlife #bikes #DDay75 #OperationOverlord
From left: Assistant Garda Commissioner David Sheahan, Minister for Transport Shane Ross and RSA Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock launching a proposal to make it an offence to pass a cyclist closer than 1.5m on roads with 50kph limit or higher
Mr Ross said it had proved exceptionally difficult to draft legislation on a minimum passing distance that was constitutional and that could be enforced, and as a result the Bill would not proceed.
It is understood the Attorney General’s concerns centred on how the 1m and 1.5m distance could be measured for enforcement purposes.
He spoke too soon.
New law on drivers overtaking cyclists abandoned (Irish Times)
A Bloomsday bike messenger rally photocall last June
More than 14,000 bicycles, worth in excess of €2m, have been stolen over the past two-and-a-half years.
The scale of bike thefts is revealed in figures compiled by the Garda Analysis Services, which show that of the 14,000 bikes stolen since January 2016, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway are being targeted specifically.
These four cities account for 83% of the total number of thefts.
More than 6,000 bikes were stolen last year, a 7.5% increase year-on-year.
More than 14,000 bikes stolen since 2016 (RTÉ)
Fianna Fáil’s digital strategy turns to bikes.
Better late than never.
College Green, Dublin 2.
Previously: He Has A Plan For You