From today (31st July 2015) onwards, new bicycle road laws come into effect in Ireland including on the spot fines for offenders.
This #FantasticForumFriday we’ll go through what you need to know to stay safe, compliant and out of harm’s way..
The RSA Cycling Safety Tips:
As a cyclist, you can reduce your risk of death or injury by following some simple advice:
- Never cycle in the dark without adequate lighting – white for front, red for rear
- Always wear luminous clothing such as hi-vis vests, fluorscent armbands and reflective belts so that other road users can see you
- Wear a helmet
- Make sure you keep to the left. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn
- Follow the rules of the road, never run traffic lights or weave unpredictably in and out of traffic
- Maintain your bike properly – in particular, your brakes should work properly and your tyres should be inflated to the right pressure and be in good condition
- Respect other road users – don’t get into shouting matches with motorists; stop at pedestrian crossings; don’t cycle on the footpath
- Watch your speed, especially when cycling on busy streets and going downhill
- Steer well clear of left-turning trucks: let them turn before you move ahead
New FCPNs launched by Minister Donohoe and An Garda Síochána
Cycle safely and avoid the new Fixed Charge Notices for your cycling offences (€40) from the 31st July 2015:
Read the IrishCycle post on the new fines here.
According to The Journal.ie…
The months of May to September are the most dangerous for cyclist injuries and fatalities.
Last year 13 cyclists died on Irish roads, so far this year three cyclists have lost their lives.
Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe said: “As a committed cyclist myself, I am of the view that the introduction of fixed charge notices for cyclists will increase awareness among cyclists and reinforce the message that cyclists have a responsibility in relation to obeying road traffic law.”
In other Road Safety news, the Garda Siochana have released a statement saying ‘it is estimated that driver fatigue is a contributory factor in as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland every year. Furthermore, tiredness-related collisions are 3 times more likely to be fatal or result in a serious injury because of the high impact speed and lack of avoiding action.’
Chief Superintendent Mark Curran added: I would like to remind cyclists that the new FCPNs (Fixed Charge Penalty Notices) come in to effect this Friday (31st July 2015 ) and would urge greater compliance with traffic light, signals etc. Everyone has a part to play in making the road safer”.
Download your PDF guide here – Cycling Fine Web
Read more from Garda.ie here.
BikeRumor’s Website is a treasure trove of information, check out their safety infographic:
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