Garda blitz targets Cork cyclists

Garda blitz targets Cork cyclists

The garda crackdown on cycling behaviour in Cork city included cautions to vehicles parked in cycle lanes. Stock image: Pic: Eddie O'Hare

A GARDA crackdown on cyclists’ behaviour across Cork city resulted in 26 cautions being handed out in a four-hour period — and gardaí have warned that prosecutions will be sought in the future.

Cyclists were caught breaking red lights, cycling on footpaths and other dangerous behaviours. The crackdown also detected a number of motorists who had parked in cycle lanes.

Head of the Cork Divisional Traffic Corps, Inspector Finbarr O’Sullivan, said the operation was carried out across the city as a result of feedback from motorists and other members of the public.

“We have reports of cyclists on footpaths, breaking red traffic lights, and of vehicles parking or obstruction cycle paths,” Insp O’Sullivan said.

“It must be noted that this was caution only. We will be prosecuting offenders in future operations,” he added.

The operation was carried out yesterday between 12pm and 2pm and then again in the afternoon, from 3pm to 5pm.

Inspector O’Sullivan said a mix of local, non-national, and some tourists were stopped by members of the force during the targeted operation.

“The purpose of this operation was to assess the current situation, in respect of pedal-cycling offence breaches and illegal parking on cycle paths.”

Insp O’Sullivan also said that the force wanted to identify specific areas for further attention and to warn offenders about their behaviour.

“As a result of this operation, the Divisional Traffic Corps will be commencing further operations in February, across Anglesea, Gurranabraher, Mayfield, and Togher districts,” Insp O’Sullivan said.

“The penalties for cycling offences are €40,” he added.

The inspector also warned people that failure to provide details, such as their name and their address, to a member of An Garda Siochana, would result in the bicycle being seized, and that it would only be returned following proof of identification.

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