IrishCycle.com can exclusively reveal that promoting helmets and high-vis for people who cycle will be dropped from Irish road safety policy.
“There’s just too many studies showing that helmets and high-vis are ineffective and maybe even counter-productive,” said one source.
He explained that they will still advice some users to wear helmets: “Users who are engaging in extreme sport-type cycling, those who are unstable on two wheels, or those engaged in high-risk cycling might be or feel better if they keep wearing helmets.”
“High risk cycling excludes most cycling commutes. But in the future cyclists with high-vis and a helmet will be allowed to break red lights and cycle on motorways — but those remain illegal for now,” he said.
The source said that nobody would admit the the helmet and high-vis promotion policy was the waste of time he said it “clearly has been” but the policy will be quietly dropped over time.
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“Rather than wasting time and resources on victim blaming, policy will now focus on the elephants in the room — namely, poor driver behavior and the on-going poor road and street design,” the source said this morning, April 1.
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