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Cycling councillor sent flying off his bike on way to bike safety forum


Dermot Lacey

Dermot Lacey

Dermot Lacey

A Dublin city councillor had a lucky escape, when a driver in a parked car opened a door and knocked him flying off his bicycle on a busy Dublin road.

Labour Councillor Dermot Lacey had been making his way to a local policing forum, which had the issue of bicycle safety on the agenda, when he collided with the car door at an intersection on Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, yesterday morning.

The councillor was shaken after the incident, but insists he was lucky to come away with only a few cuts and bruises.

"The driver had parked up, and had closed his wing mirrors, so he just must have forgotten to have a look back before opening his door," Mr Lacey told the Herald.

"I went tumbling over his door, but I was just lucky that there were no cars or buses oncoming. I'm pretty sore, but I've only got a couple of cuts and bruises to put up with," he added.

The south east area councillor said he was in a strong enough state to go to his next meeting, but has since had to drop the bike off to be repaired.

"It's a warning for drivers to be more wary of their surroundings, and it's also a warning for cyclists to be doubly careful," he said

Mr Lacey carried on his work for the rest of the day, insisting that the pain is nothing in comparison to Dublin City Council.

"If I can suffer Dublin City Council for this long, I can deal with a couple of cuts and bruises," he said.