Anti-cyclist posters blasted as ‘sinister’

by Sylvia Pownall
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OFFENSIVE posters poking fun at cyclists which were anonymously erected around Howth Head last week have been described as “sinister” and “worrying”.
Up to 50 of the cartoons – including one of two lycra-clad elephants on bicycles – were anonymously attached to lamp posts ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
Dublin Cycling Campaign spokesman Mike McKillen told The Gazette: “It shows a clear hatred, that is what’s troubling me. There is a significant cohort of drivers who seem to think they own the road and seem to hate cyclists.
“Saying things like, ‘I’d run them off the road’, and practices like what we call ‘the punishment pass’ – driving too close to deliberately give someone a fright – that is not funny.”
Fingal County Council said it did not give permission for the posters to be erected and they were taken down on Good Friday.
One of the cartoons (above) appeared to aim a dig at speeding cyclists, with the slogan: ‘It’s the Hill of Howth not the Tour de France. Slow down’.
It’s understood that residents have become increasingly frustrated with a minority of cyclists coming down the hill at break-neck speed.
However, Mr McKillen said a sinister poster campaign was no way to go about addressing the issue.
He said: “I actually cycled out to Howth myself on Friday. Some drivers seem to have a sense of entitlement that they own the road and cyclists shouldn’t be there.
“The simple fact is that nobody owns the road – it’s a shared public space. It’s not nice to see that sort of negativity, and the more people that cycle out to Howth, the better, because they don’t add to the traffic congestion.
“People should use public transport or their bike more from an environmental point of view, and this kind of intimidation is the last thing we need.”
Howth-based Cllr Cian O’Callaghan (SD) agreed that the approach taken was not constructive, adding: “I think if people have concerns about cyclists they should speak to some of the cycling groups and open up a dialogue.”

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