Late cyclist’s brother vows to continue fight to honour her legacy

by Sylvia Pownall
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A MAN whose sister was knocked down and killed as she cycled to work in Dublin city has vowed to continue his campaign to reduce road deaths.


Neil Fox from Balbriggan says he is still haunted by the death of his older sister, Donna Fox, who died after she was hit by a truck at a busy junction in September 2016.


And he says that while he is heartened by 2017 figures from the Road Safety Authority which show the lowest number of road deaths since records began, he will continue to push for ‘Vision Zero’.


He told Dublin Gazette: “What must not be overlooked is the increase in cycling fatalities – a 50% rise this year.


“Since my sister Donna’s collision and death, the number of cyclists killed on our roads has doubled. This is beyond alarming.


“It bewilders me that any time I speak about cycling issues, it is seen as controversial. Why is it controversial? Wanting better safety, infrastructure and awareness to me is very basic.”


Neil is backing an amendment to the Road Traffic Bill which will make safe passing distances mandatory and has met with Transport Minister Shane Ross urging him to support the legislation.


He also opened his heart about spending a second Christmas without his beloved sister and urged all road users to exercise caution and respect one another.


He said: “Councils and governments have spent the past few years encouraging people to take up cycling to work, so they owe a massive duty of care here.


“I am no expert, but what I am an expert on is the reality of a cyclist death. That is something that will be with me every day of my life, and is impossible to explain.


“But it has made me determined to never shy away from sharing, as if it saves one other person or family from going through this quiet nightmare then it’s a good thing.


“We have just had the second Christmas and New Year without Donna – it still feels surreal. There’s not a minute she isn’t on my mind, if I am honest.


“While I no longer go to the site where she was killed, I love walking down Barrow Street and where she worked.


“Donna loved her work in Meagher’s pharmacy, and it was delightful to see her colleagues raising huge money for The Peter McVerry Trust over the Christmas period – more than €65,000. Donna would be so proud of them.”

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