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Cycling safety law should be enacted in the North - McGuigan

2 March, 2018 - by Philip McGuigan

Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has welcomed the announcement that a ‘minimum passing distance law’ for overtaking cyclists is to be introduced in the South and has called for similar provision to be made in the North.

Mr. McGuigan said:

“I welcome any provision that will make our roads a safer place for all who use them. As a cyclist myself I am acutely aware of the dangers faced by cyclists with traffic passing too closely. I want to congratulate all those involved in the campaign to bring in this law.

“Obviously if this minimum passing law is introduced in the South it makes sense that it should also be introduced in the North.

“I have written to the Department for Infrastructure to ask that they begin to look at how this can happen.

“Even though there are over 20,000 members of Cycling Ireland and thousands more who commute and cycle for leisure many more would use their bikes if our roads were safer. 

“So whilst the introduction of this law will save lives it will also increase the popularity of cycling and all the benefits that come with it.”

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