Gardai urged to get tough on Laois cyclists

A PORTLAOISE Town Councillor has called on the Gardaí to ensure that cycling is not allowed on footpaths.

A PORTLAOISE Town Councillor has called on the Gardaí to ensure that cycling is not allowed on footpaths.

Cllr Jerry Lodge said his request was in the interest of the safety of pedestrians and people with disabilities.

In reply, the local Gardaí said they will make every effort to ensure that cycling on footpaths is eliminated.

“It would be a comfort for blind people and even ordinary walkers. The speed of some bikes is excessive, but they shouldn’t be on the footpaths,” Cllr Lodge said.

But Cllr Willie Aird said that in some areas children cycle alongside their parents and this should not be discouraged.

He said cycling had gone out of fashion for a while, but was now popular again.

Cathaoirleach of the Town Council, Cllr Matthew Keegan said people should use their common sense.

“Common sense should kick in, and people should use the cycle lane where there is one provided.”

But he said motorists needed to get used to the cycle lanes on the road.

While, Cllr Kathleen O’Brien argued that the problem was not being caused by children, but adults.

“We will all be back on our bicycles soon enough with the price of petrol,” she said.