A Special Report
SOME BICYCLE users in Sligo town this past summer were pests not much appreciated by pedestrians.
On any given day, in fact it seemed every day, some cyclist broke the law with impunity in Sligo town this summer.
Sligo Today has observed cyclists for over six months in 2012.
The comments only refer to a minority of users but all the worse for that fact.
The period under review included the local tourist season, when many visitors strolled to summer schools and historic sites.
*** Some cyclists broke red lights and did so while travelling at speed. This included failing to stop for pedestrians;
*** Some drove up Sligo's main street, cycling on the right hand side, in order to bypass car owners observing the law and who were stopped at lights further back;
*** Worst of all, footpaths were regularly used by cyclists to bypass red lights all summer;
*** The most reckless cyclists in Sligo were those using roadway who veered, suddenly, onto foopaths to bypass lights and then veered back onto roadway. This practice was observed on a number of occasions.No Warnings
These law breakers often did so (again) at speed, with no warnings as they approached pedestrians on footpaths from side or rear.
Sligo Today has observed such incidents for over six months in 2012, to ascertain if these were once-off or intermittent.
Dangerous sections for pedestrians all summer included much of O'Connell Street, footpaths by river at Kennedy Parade and also the lights junction of Bridge Street with Rockwood Parade adjacent to The Embassy.
It was noted the termination of the (excellent) dedicated cycle lane right -- which occurs right across from the County Council offices -- was NOT adequately marked.
Crushes and Amputations
It only seems a matter of time before such a serious injury as crush, fracture or amputation is inflicted by a cyclist in the centre of Sligo.
Only when you've seen the damage done by crushes and amputations, do you realise how outrageous this conduct was around Sligo town all summer.
It goes on, although the summer epidemic seems to have abated, an adult cyclist went through red lights at the top of O'Connell Street this week.
In ironic contrast, Gardai on bicycles were observed to consistently be the best mannered road and lane users all summer.
By and large the worst offenders observer were (younger) men.......but not exclusively so, in either age or sex profile.