A video by a reader shows how a motorist drove at him in a cycle path in the Phoenix Park at about 7am in the morning.
John Gough said that while he was training in Phoenix Park a driver drove the wrong way up Wellington Road using the segregated two-way cycle path.
The cycle path has been plagued by illegal parking at busy times such as bank holidays — in December 2016, before the cycle path opened, IrishCycle.com asked the OPW, which runs the park, how cobble stones inserted into the ground would stop motorists from entering the cycle path but there was no direct response from the OPW.
Gough said: “Going down a cycle track next to a one way road. Driver drove aggressively towards me UP the cycle track – He put on full lights to either dazzle me or hide plates.”
“I had to crash into the verge. The driver didn’t stop,” he said. Adding: “Another driver did stop to check on me.”
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