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Saturday 3 December 2016

Cyclist's narrow escape after taxi crushes bicycle in collision

Photos tweeted by Dublin Fire Brigade show the cyclist’s bike flattened beneath the taxi
Photos tweeted by Dublin Fire Brigade show the cyclist’s bike flattened beneath the taxi

A cyclist in Dublin city centre narrowly avoided being killed after their bike was crushed in a collision with a taxi.

Pictures shared by Dublin Fire Brigade reveal the extent of the accident, which show the bike forced underneath the taxi and flattened by the impact.

The cyclist was riding a bike rented as part of the popular Dublin Bike scheme.

They escaped from the crash with what has been described as a "nasty leg injury".

Cautious

However, their condition is not understood to be serious.

Gardai in Dublin say they are investigating the incident, which occurred on Mount Street Lower on Saturday at around 12.30pm.

In a series of tweets, Dublin Fire Brigade published the photos urging road users and cyclists to be cautious.

A spokesperson wrote: "A cyclist had a lucky escape in the city centre after a collision with a car.

"They were thrown clear from the collision, suffering a nasty leg injury, but it could have been so much worse.

"Remember to always wear a helmet."

It is understood the cyclist was brought to hospital for treatment to the leg injury following the accident.

Mike McKillen of the Dublin Cycling Campaign said the images were shocking, but that accidents in Dublin had remained relatively low.

However, he added that bike users around the capital remain anxious about negotiating busy traffic in the city centre - especially when there were taxis involved. "The one thing that our members always say in their letters and calls is that taxi drivers terrify them," he said.

"Many of our new members are not from Dublin, and come to work here in companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google," he added. "They don't often have their own bikes, so they normally rent them.

"Both men and women among that group report that taxi drivers scare them," he said.

But he added that the Dublin Bike rental scheme has made the city's roads far easier for those who wish to cycle.

"The Dublin Bike scheme made it safe for every cyclist, and that's simply because there are so many cyclists around Dublin now," he said.

"Most drivers have learned how to deal with that, but there is a cohort of drivers who still don't know the safest way to drive alongside cyclists," he added.

Safe

Mr McKillen also called for more detailed statistics on accidents involving cyclists, which would show how safe Dublin is for those using bikes.

Dublin Bikes has operated in the city since 2009, and has enjoyed ever-increasing success among tourists and residents.

As of June of this year, 15 million journeys had been made using Dublin Bikes since its launch. More than 59,000 people are registered as long-term subscribers to the service, with a further 6,245 short-term subscribers.

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