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Friday 9 December 2016

'We need more protection for cyclists', says victim's partner

Donna Fox was hit by a truck
Donna Fox was hit by a truck

The partner of a cyclist killed as she cycled to work this week has called for a review of road safety laws to better protect cyclists.

Anne Marie Ryan was speaking as she prepared for tomorrow's funeral of Donna Fox (30), from Balgee, Ring Commons, on the outskirts of Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

Donna was on her way to work in Meagher's Pharmacy on Barrow Street when the tragedy happened at the junction between Seville Place and Guild Street in Dublin's north inner city.

Driver

The truck driver was uninjured but visibly distressed after Tuesday's accident.

Anne Marie said she would urge Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council and Fingal County Council to review their cycle lanes and see if there was a way of making them safer.

"There have been initiatives to encourage more people to cycle to work, but if that is going to be a success then the facilities for cyclists need to be made safer," she said.

"There are still places where one of the most vulnerable road users are mixing with heavy goods vehicles and buses, and that is just not safe.

"Donna told me before that it annoyed her that the cycle lanes in the city are so disjointed. She always said how you can be in a cycle lane one minute and mixing with traffic the next," Anne Marie added.

"Other deaths and injuries have happened in the city and the wider Dublin area, and in many cycle lanes all that is separating the bike rider from the other traffic is a white line on the road.

"If nothing changes then the risks of more deaths are just the same as before Donna was killed," she said.

Anne Marie and Donna had been together for three years and planned to build a house on a site beside Donna's father's house and then get married.

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