Vehicles that illegally block cycle lanes force cyclists into threatening and unsafe situations with car-traffic. I BIKE Dublin has been raising awareness about this issue since last summer by protecting mandatory cycle lanes from drivers who decide that they want to illegally drive or park on them.
Law Enforcement and Road User Behaviour
We want greater awareness and enforcement of the dangerous overtaking offence, and a mandatory passing distance of 1.5m. We are working for more widespread 30km/h speed limits and a much better enforcement of urban speed limits.
#Allocate4Cycling - ending the silence from the minister of transport
Dublin Cycling Campaign have been working assiduously over the past year and more to agree a major RESPECT campaign for all road users with Dublin City Council. This initiative aims to improve road users behaviour to each other, to be more respectful, and to recognise the ‘duty of care’ that we all have to each other. It focusses on the behaviour of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle drivers emphasising the interdependency between us all.
In yesterday’s Herald a piece appeared under the headline “Cyclists face €40 spot fines for using earphones, says minister”. That sounds like some new piece of traffic law regarding people cycling ?
A survey by Dublin Cycling Campaign shows that one in 6 people who have had a bicycle stolen do not return to cycling, and a further 26% reduce their cycling habits as a result of theft. It is estimated that 20,000+ bikes are stolen annually in Dublin alone, a 100% increase since 2008. This could mean that over 3,000 people stop cycling each year in Dublin due to bike theft, and possibly a further 5,000 reduce the amount they cycle as a result of bike theft.
There are a number of legal provisions directly affecting cyclists in Irish road traffic law so what follows is an attempt to describe them and make them more easily understood. References to an Act or SI are provided. Please note we are not legal experts and any comments or advice is given in good faith and not intended as a formal legal interpretation.
Dublin Cycling Campaign welcomes today’s announcement by Minister Shane Ross of new laws designed to improve safety for people who cycle on Irish roads.
The new laws will focus specifically on drivers who overtake cyclists dangerously and will result in steeper penalties for drivers than the existing laws for dangerous overtaking.
Dublin Cycling Campaign once again are hosting a great public meeting as part of their monthly series of public presentations and discussions on topics related to cycling and better cities!
This month on Monday 9th April in our regular Central Hotel location you can come along and hear two very different presentations:
The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland held a public meeting in Wood Quay on Monday the 22nd of January.
It was described as a town-hall style event and they were “particularly interested in hearing from organisations which are based in Dublin and work with vulnerable groups or represent community interests, including the business community.”
Press release for immediate use: Issued by Cyclist.ie, Dublin Cycling Campaign, IBIKEDublin, Safe Cycling Ireland & Cycling Without Age
What: “Stop Killing Cyclists” - Vigil & Demonstration
Details: Outside gates of ‘Leinster House’, Kildare St, Dublin 2: 5.30pm, Tuesday 21st November.
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