‘Injury fears stop cyclists getting back on the saddle’

by Padraig Conlon

A local TD says fear of injury is making Dublin cyclists think twice about getting back in the saddle.

Figures recently obtained by Fianna Fail reveal that over 300 Dubliners were hospitalised in 2017 for injuries inflicted while cycling in the city.

58 of those cases were for head injuries, 66 for injuries to the elbow and forearm and 52 for the shoulder and upper arm.

Commenting on these figures Dublin South West TD John Lahart, who is also FF spokesperson on Dublin, said issues about cycling are what he’s most contacted about by constituents.

“Despite the fact that the number of cyclists commuting in Dublin has dropped for the first time in ten years according to the National Transport Authority, cycling remains a hugely popular means of navigating through our city,” Deputy Lahart told Dublin Gazette.

“In fact, over 15 million trips have been taken on Dublin Bikes since the scheme began operating in 2009.

“The lack of safety for cyclists and the city’s poor cycling infrastructure are two of the issues I am contacted about most often as a Dublin based TD.

“A very slight 2% decrease in the number of people using bikes to commute at rush hour is no excuse for this Government to maintain such under investment in providing safe road conditions and accessible cycling lanes.

“You could even argue that it’s the prospect of injury that’s made cyclists think twice about getting back up on their bike in the city.

“Yes, there is an element of personal responsibility involved and of course cyclists need to be just as vigilant when using roads as drivers and pedestrians, but we must push to enhance safety for cyclists and protect them on our urban roads.

“When there were 300 odd cyclists sent to hospital following incidents in 2017.

“An increase in capital investment is urgently required the tackle the existing dangers for those on bikes or these most recently available figures will rise,” Deputy Lahart concluded.

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