Liz O’Donnell, the new head of the Road Safety Authority, has warned drivers about being more aware of cyclists, as the number of injuries sustained by cyclists has seen a big jump.

Writing in The Irish Independent, O’Donnell said, “A soon-to-be-published report by the Road Safety Authority will show that there has been a 59pc increase in injuries among cyclists. Regardless of who is at fault, drivers need to appreciate that if involved in a collision with a cyclist, the cyclist is going to suffer the most.”

O’Donnell said that there has been an “explosion” in the number of cyclists using the roads, which meant there was even greater risk when driving.


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