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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Our Cyclists are young and male -- as women are put off by fears

DUBLIN'S cyclists tend to be young and male because other groups are put off by apparent risks, research says.

While the statistics show the capital is a comparatively safe city for riders, the perception is somewhat different.

A report, Cycle Collisions in Dublin City 2002-06, found that men accounted for 67pc of the cycling community, while women only made up 37pc.

A key aim of policymakers is to broaden the activity's appeal, though the Dublinbikes scheme is having a positive effect. When it comes to accidents, men and women are equally as likely to be involved in an incident that results in serious injury, according to the data.

However, between 2002 and 2005, 100pc of the cyclists killed in the city area were male, the records show.

Frenchwoman Anne Bedos -- who founded the Rothar cycle shop and cafe in Phibsboro, Dublin 7, and Fade Street in the city centre -- said cycling was "hugely male orientated". She criticised the conditions for bike users, saying that sharing the roads with buses and trucks could be an "intimidating" experience. "You really need to be assertive to cycle in Dublin. Women will tend to be less assertive than men," she told the Herald.

She said many junctions in Dublin city centre were difficult for bicycle users, citing Westmoreland Street/ College Green as an example.

comurphy@herald.ie

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