— Bus made low-speed contact with bicycle just after child dismounted.
Gardai and Dublin Bus are investigating an incident where a child on a bicycle was tailgated by a bus driver down Parnell Square East for approximately 100 metres.
The Gardai press office last month confirmed to IrishCycle.com that “Gardaí attached to Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating.” It is understood that police action against the driver will result in a caution.
A Dublin Bus spokeswoman also confirmed that the company was investigating the incident.
A high-resolution video of the incident was seen by this website last month, and a lower-resolution version was posted online last night in response to coverage of cycling by RTE’s Prime Time. The footage was shared with the Prime Time team, but was not used last night in a segment advertised as covering a “war” between cyclists and motorists.
A high-resolution version of the footage — which more clearly shows the proximity of the bus to the child’s bicycle and the bus clipping the bicycle as the child dismounted — was also shared with Gardai and Dublin Bus.
According to the witnesses, the bus driver told him that he is a careful driver, saw the children, and gave them space.
It was only afterwards, when the witnesses reviewed his rear-pointing, bicycle-mounted camera that he says he realised just how close the bus was to the child, who is unrelated to him. It was then when he reported the incident.
The child was cycling with his parent but was separated from them at the north end of the square before the bus driver started tailgating the child.