Cycle safety campaign launched

The Road Safety Authority has launched a national campaign to raise awareness of road safety among cyclists.

Cyclists are at risk when using the road, as these statistics from the 1997-2010 period show: One hundred and seventy eight pedal cyclists were killed; 444 cyclists were seriously injured; more than 67 per cent of road deaths among cyclists occurred during daylight hours and more than one third of fatal collisions with cyclists happened during summer months.

“We are reminding cyclists that it’s everyone’s responsibility to pay attention and stay safe on the roads,” said Noel Brett, chief executive, RSA. “Simple actions such as wearing a helmet and high visibility jacket, obeying the rules of the road, and anticipating what drivers may do, could save your life.

“Drivers also need to pay attention and be on guard for cyclists using the road,” Mr Brett added. “Allow plenty of space when overtaking a cyclist and always anticipate a cyclist having to make a sudden move to avoid a pothole or obstruction. It’s also important to watch out for cyclists at junctions, especially when turning left.”

Mr Brett also reminded people about the importance of vulnerable road users being visible on the roads, “take responsibility for your safety and make sure that you wear a high visibility vest when cycling or walking.” To promote safe cycling the RSA will distribute 20,000 high visibility rucksack covers to cyclists during April.

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