A motorist who tailgated and then sideswiped a man cycling his bicycle last June has been given penalty points for her driving, Gardai this week told the cyclist who was hit.
UPDATED: The cyclist confirmed that he was told by Gardai that the motorist received two points for driving without reasonable consideration.
The incident happen in the bus lane on the Rock Road end of the Merrion Road — as the video below shows, the bus lane is marked with large bicycle logos in the centre of the lane.
But when the cyclist caught up with the motorist to tell her that she had hit him, she replied that he was “cycling in the middle of the road”. He was cycling in the middle of the lane, which is a recommended form of defensive cycling.
Speaking to IrishCycle.com, the cyclist, John Collins, said: “I was hit by a car in June this year – my arm was struck by the passenger mirror. I was lucky. She had space in the other lane to overtake but she did a side-swipe instead. I caught-up at the next lights and she said ‘but you were in the middle of the road’ and drove off.”
Initially Gardai didn’t take it any action despite video evidence and details of a witness, but Collins said that, despite needing to follow up with the Gardai a few time, he is thankful for the action in the end.
He said he started using a camera while cycling after he was overtaken by a bus driver too closely which resulted in a shock and years of not cycling regularly.