Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Road Traffic Legislation
1527. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the legislation requiring cyclists to use cycle lanes at all times at locations they are available was amended; and if so, the amendments made to the original legislation. [41084/16]
Article 14 (3) of the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations of 1997 (S.I. 182) stated that all pedal cyclists must be driven on a cycle track where one is provided. The Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 332) substituted article 14. The new wording in relation to the use of cycle tracks (sub article (4)) states:
(4) A pedal cycle shall be driven on a cycle track where
(a) a cycle track is provided on a road, a portion of a road, or an area at the entrance to which traffic sign number RUS 021 (pedestrianised street or area) is provided, or
(b) a cycle track, where traffic sign number RUS 059 is provided and pedal cycles shall only be driven in a contra-flow direction on such track.
My officials are currently reviewing the Department's policy with regard to the mandatory use of cycle tracks and are consulting with the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána to seek their views. Before any amendments might be made to the Regulations with regard to the mandatory use of cycle lanes, I wish to satisfy myself that any such measures strike an appropriate balance between the views of stakeholders.