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Cycling campaigners in Galway call for roundabouts to be made safer

Cycling campaigners in Galway call for roundabouts to be made safer

Stock image Cycling campaigners in Galway are urging their local authorities to make roundabouts safer for cyclists and pedestrians after a cyclist was injured in…

Thursday, Jan 19

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Stock image Cycling campaigners in Galway are urging their local authorities to make roundabouts safer for cyclists and pedestrians after a cyclist was injured in a collision with a lorry on a notorious roundabout in the city.

Galway Cycling Campaign said it would like Galway City Council to adopt a more European-style network of roundabouts by removing one of the double lanes in the roundabout and installing pedestrian crossings outside of them to make it safer for people crossing the road near them.

“Filling one lane in and adding raised pedestrian crossings is a quick and cheap safety measure. It’d slow down vehicles approach, give better sightlines to drivers, and make it easier for people to walk across the junction,” said a campaign spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Kevin Jennings, the campaign chairman, also offered his sympathy to the cyclist who was injured in the accident at the Skerritt roundabout on the Old Dublin Road in Renmore on Tuesday, as well as the lorry driver who was not injured but most likely traumatised following the accident.

“Bikes and trucks do not mix. We don’t know the details of the collision, yet we do know that dangerous road designs across Galway city put vulnerable road users in direct conflict with vehicle drivers. Multi-lane roundabouts where people on bikes share space with articulated trucks cannot be tolerated in our city,” he said.

Fellow campaigner Cecile Robin added: “This is a living nightmare. Our city has multiple danger spots where it is very difficult to cross the road. The roundabouts […]

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