Cyclists hold vigil outside Leinster House calling for cycling to be made safer

Around 150 cyclists have held a vigil outside Leinster House this evening calling for cycling to be made safer.

The number of cyclist killed on the roads in Ireland is at its highest in a decade.

In the past week alone two people have lost their lives while cycling bringing the total number of cyclists killed in 2017 to 14.

That is four more than were killed in the whole of 2016.

Colm Ryder from Cyclist.ie says safer infrastructure is badly needed.

He said: "If you look at Dublin compared to any other European city, the infrastructure for cycling is very unfit in terms of safe infrasturcture.

"Cyclists are competing on the road on a regular basis with cars, with buses having to negotiate very tight squeezes.

"The infrstructure is not there, we need investment, we need design, we need proper engagement, we need these things to happen."

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