A councillor in Galway is looking for a curtailment or ban on large groups of cyclists on the roads of Connemara.
“I have nothing against those who go out individually – or three or four cyclists together,” Councillor Joe Folan told the Connacht Tribune, “but the large groups and throngs that are regularly swamping the narrow roads of Connemara in recent years is a serious hindrance to local people and a potential safety risk.”
Councillor Folan referred to an event last week in South Connemara which had over 2,000 participants taking part. “This causes long delays to motorists, many of them local people who have business, work and other commitments to attend to,” he said.
“I encountered a group of about fifty cyclists last weekend in south Connemara and drivers had a very difficult time negotiating their way.”
“Motorists pay up their road tax and contribute to the upkeep of our infrastructure, bad and all as it is,” he explained. “There is no tax on bicycles”.