Six people on bicycles have died on Irish roads, a revision upwards of two, the Garda press office has confirmed.
The two cases not reported as fatal cycling deaths until now are a collision on East Wall Road between a driver of a truck and a person cycling a bicycle, and a man who fell off his bicycle on the Sally Gap in Co Wicklow.
In relation to the East Wall Road collision, Sargent Margaret Flanagan at the Garda press office said: “The injured party passed away on 18th March, 2018 at Mater Hospital. The incident occurred on 7th March, 2018 at 7.15am when the pedal cyclist and a 40 ft truck collided. The deceased was a male aged 60 years old. The investigation is ongoing.”
In the case of the man who died on the Sally Gap, it involved no other vehicle and the man is said to fallen when travelling at high speed. He died as a result of his injuries five days later in hospital. The five other fatalities involved collisions with motor vehicle in some form or another.
The Garda press office confirmed the following breakdown of cycling deaths so-far this year:
- 26/1/18 – Ards beg, Gortahork, Donegal – Collision between car and cyclist.
- 7/3/18 – East Wall Road, Dublin – Collision between truck and cyclist.
- 20/3/18 – Golflinks Rd, Bettystown, Meath – Cyclist in collision with minibus.
- 27/3/18 – Newpark Drive, Kilkenny – Collision between truck and cyclist.
- 8/04/18 – Sally Gap, Roundwood, Wicklow – Cyclist fell off bicycle.
- 18/4/18 – Greenfield Park, Donnybrook, Dublin – Cyclist in collision with a truck.
IrishCycle.com requested clarity on the issue as campaigners and members of the public noticed that the fatal collision statistics on Garda.ie were revised twice in recent weeks and both cases did not tally with reported cases of fatal collisions involving people cycling.
Gardai note that the traffic collision statistics on their website are provisional, operational and subject to change. In some cases cyclists may suffer serious injuries only to pass away weeks, months or even years later in hospital. The statistics are then updated to reflect this. In other cases a person may die as a result of underlying health issues while out cycling and following an inquest traffic statistics are again adjusted to reflect the findings.