Cycle Safety

Cycling Safety & Information Links

Facts & Figures

• 5000 public bicycle parking spaces in the city
• 2011 census average cycling to work journey time in Ireland was 20 minutes
• 2015 November Cordon Count 10,893 cyclists crossed the Dublin canal cordon towards Dublin City Centre
• Perhaps less obvious is the benefit of active travel to local economies. Compared to cars, cyclists generally stop more frequently, travel fewer miles and have less capacity to carry lots of bags – meaning they naturally gravitate towards smaller, locally owned shops!
• 3 hours of biking per week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 50%
• Cycling is the quickest mode of transport in an urban environment for trips up to 6kms
• Cycling speed is approximately three times that of walking speed however the energy required to cycle at low to medium speeds is roughly the same as the energy required to walk.
• If a car trip is replaced by a bike trip, then you save around 200 grams of CO2 per kilometre travelled.
• To make a bicycle requires only a fraction of the materials and energy needed to make a car.
• A cyclist can travel 10,000kms on the energy equivalent of a litre of petrol.
• The average number of wet days endured by everyday cyclists is less than 12% of days cycled
• There are over one billion bicycles found throughout the world more than half than that of cars in the world
• Before the word ‘bicycle’ become popular (coming from the French word ‘bicyclette’), bikes were typically called ‘velocipedes’.
• You may have heard of the Penny-farthing, an early type of bicycle that featured a front wheel significantly larger than the rear. The name comes from the old British Penny and Farthing coins which represent the large and small wheels.
• Compared to cars, a daily 16 kilometer commute saves the rider close to 10 euros per day, 5 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions and they burn around 360 extra calories.
• A study commissioned by the European Parliament in 2012 estimated that there are over 2.2 billion cycle tourism trips and 20 million over-night cycle trips made every year in Europe. These have an estimated economic impact of €44 billion.
• Maintaining a bike annually costs twenty times less than maintaining and riding a car.
• The bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever devised; a human on a bicycle is more efficient (in calories expended per kilo and per kilometer) than a train, truck, airplane, boat, car, motorcycle or jet pack!

Coco-Cola Zero dublinbikes:
• 58k Subscribers
• 4.1M journeys 2015
• 13.5 Since Launch 2009
• 1508 Bikes
• 101 locations
• The monthly average short term subscriber figure is 1,555, based on Jan-Dec 2015 figures.
• Journeys on Busiest Day October 2015 17,222

The Law

These Regulations, operative from 31 July 2015, declare the offences detailed in the table below to be fixed charge offences for the purposes of section 103 of the Road Traffic Act 1961, as amended, and prescribe the amount of the fixed charge for each offence.
Regulation Description of Offence Fixed Charge: