Category Archives: Opinion

Sometimes cyclists are in the wrong

By | 10 August, 2017

When having discussions about conflicting road usage, it’s often happens that we blame the ‘other side’.

Cyclists blame motorists, and motorists blame cyclists. It’s easy to demonise a different ‘group’ of road users, when in actual fact it’s never just one ‘side’ that’s in the wrong. Normally there’s problems on both sides.

Drivers, cyclists aren’t the problem, they’re part of the solution

By | 6 February, 2015

Taxi drivers seems to be the worst about vocalising their dislike of cyclists. I can’t seem to take a cab ride without the driver complaining about cyclists being in the way and slowing them down.

But what they don’t realise is that they’ve got it all wrong. Having to wait before you can safely overtake a cyclist may cost you a few seconds on your journey – but the real people who are slowing down your journey aren’t cyclists, they are other drivers.

I cycle to work because it’s easy

By | 5 February, 2015

Here in Dublin, when you tell someone that you commute to work by bike, they make an assumption that you are a speed daemon dressed head-to-toe in Lycra. They associate cycling with sport or recreation, and imagine that people on bikes need to be athletic and brave/foolish.

The thing is, I’m not athletic, and I’m not sporty. I don’t cycle to work because I want to get fit. I cycle to work because it’s… easy!