A Cork cyclist has hit out at drivers who park in cycle lanes and the authorities for not combating the issue.
Justin Shorten, from Blackrock, said the authorities “turn a blind eye” to the issues cyclists face and more should be done to protect cyclists on the roads.
“Cyclists are not treated with much respect with regard the basic facilities allotted to them around the city and suburbs.
“The few lanes cyclists have are nearly always parked in and authorities turn a blind eye to the issue.“ Mentioning examples of the issues, Justin said the cycle lanes on Washington Street on weekend nights are always full of taxis and the contraflow lane on South Main street is deadly.
“People park there forcing cyclists into an oncoming motor traffic lane,” Justin said.
Sergeant Niall Daly from the Traffic Corps Unit said Gardaí are tackling the issue, but they no longer leave tickets on car windows, so the general public may not know the issue is being tackled.
“We have had a number of notable cases that have gone through the district and circuit court in recent times, so it is definitely being tackled.” Sgt Daly also said the force takes the issue very seriously and often operations are issued to tackle the problem.
In terms of staying safe on the road, Sgt Daly advised cyclists to remain visible when out and about, particularly in the recent bad weather.
“Our main objective is to keep everyone safe. We would advise all cyclists to wear fluorescent jackets and be seen on the roads.
“Maximum visibility is the objective. You must have front and back lights or reflectors but as well as that a reflective jacket will help ensure you are seen on the roads.”