Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
579. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will continue with the phased introduction of fixed charge penalties for dangerous cycling on footpaths, the resources available for a public information campaign to highlight the penalties for dangerous cycling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11279/16]
I am in favour of measures to encourage greater take-up of cycling and I would have a concern that bringing the offence of cycling on a footpath into the Fixed Charge Notice system could well discourage families who cycle to school with their young children from doing so. In addition, I believe that in certain circumstances it could be appropriate and necessary for cyclists to use footpaths when there is (unspecified) danger on the road. These were considerations that were taken into account when the original decision not to include cycling on the footpath as a fixed charge notice offence was made last year, and I believe these reasons for not doing so are still valid. The inclusion of the offence of 'cycling without reasonable consideration', which is one of the seven cycling offences for which fixed charge notices can be issued, will allow An Garda Síochána to deal with those who are cycling in a reckless, aggressive or even dangerous manner on footpaths.
The Road Safety Authority have confirmed to my Department that they will continue to promote the fixed charge penalties that apply to cyclists through media relations activity (particularly around the time of Bike week, held every year in June) and through their extensive social media presence online throughout the year.