Safe cycling campaign launched in Northern Ireland ahead of Giro D'Italia race

Jonny By Jonny, 25th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/324h34vb/
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As spectators and cyclists prepare for the Northern Ireland stages of the premier road cycling race, Giro D'Italia the government plans a cycle safe campaign to reduce the number of deaths of cyclists on the roads

Cycling safety - plans to curb road deaths

THE Northern Ireland government has launched a cyclist safety campaign as the province prepares to host stages of the prestigious Giro D'Italia cycling road race.

The race, which will see leading cyclists race at breakneck speeds through urban and scenic parts of Northern Ireland - including the spectacular Antrim Coast Road and the Giant's Causeway - has already seen an upsurge on two-wheeled amateurs taking to the roads.

However, in a recently published written answer in the Assembly the Environment minister, Mark H Durkan, revealed that four cyclists died on Northern Ireland roads in 2013 and that in the previous year 55 cyclists received serious injuries.

Mr Durkan also said that the Department of the Environment's ad campaigns 'Share The Road To Zero', Be Cycle Aware' and 'Respect Everyone's Journey' had raised awareness of the need for safety. He also referred to the fact that 530 primary schools in Northern Ireland took part in the government backed Cycling Proficiency Scheme, which is being currently developed further.

The new campaign was launched to coincide with publicity around road closures during the Giro D'Italia at the start of May and includes downloadable packs for schools in the government's NI Direct website.

Mr Durkan said: I recognise the continuing challenges of reducing casualties on our roads, and believe that any death is one too many. I will therefore continue to work to reduce road casualties, including those of cyclists."

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Cycle Safely, Cycliists, Cycling, Cycling Road Deaths, Giro Ditalia, Giro Ditalia Northern Ireland, Road Safety

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