Roz 'a bundle of nerves' when cycling in the city
MODEL Roz Purcell has revealed that she hates cycling around Dublin city as new figures show that accidents have spiked in the capital.
The fitness fanatic has a racing bike more suited for longer distances but she said that on the rare occasion that she does cycle in town, she is "a bundle of nerves".
"I would sometimes go through the city to go to the Phoenix Park and I'm sweating by the time I get there just for the fear of my life," she told the Herald. "I hate having to cycle through the city. I find it so scary."
Roz (24) advised people to familiarise themselves with the rules of the road before hopping on a bike.
"You can kind of tell the ones that don't because they're the ones who don't wear helmets or they're in the wrong lanes, but they're the ones who will be losing out," she explained.
Roz is holding out for improvements in cycling lanes in town.
"If there was cycle lanes all the way down the quays I'd feel much safer," she said.
"During the summer I was in Copenhagen and they have cycle lanes everywhere. Cyclists rule the road there," she said.
Roz's concerns echo those of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) who have just published new statistics which show that cycling accidents are at a ten-year high.
In 2012, the latest year from which there is data available, 630 cyclists were injured and accidents were more likely to happen in built-up areas.
More than half of those hurt were injured in Dublin.
The figures also show a worrying 200pc increase in people reporting spinal injuries as the result of a cycling accident.
John Kelly, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Mayo General Hospital, pointed out that while most accidents result in just a temporary absence from work, the most serious accidents can have much more long-term consequences.
"Spinal injuries will threaten your ability to ever walk or hold your child again.
"They threaten your life as you know it and they're happening at an ever increasing frequency," he said.
As cycling continues to grow in popularity, the Road Safety Authority are encouraging both cyclists and drivers to be extra vigilant.