Category Archives: Opinion

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

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

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!

Holiday Traffic

The roads on my commute to work this morning were really quiet. I guess a lot of people have already finished work for the Christmas break. However, an unfortunate consequence of the empty roads was that most of the motorists were speeding, which didn’t seem very sensible given amount of standing water on the roads.

Road Traffic Regulations

It was widely reported yesterday that cycles are to face fixed penalty notices for doing things like breaking red lights and cycling on the pavement.