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Cycling safely in Ireland

We wish you safe and pleasant cycling along the route with good weather and plenty of memorable moments. As a gentle reminder of possible risks, we would ask you to bear the safety information below in mind.
As a cyclist, you can reduce your risk of injury by following some simple advice: –
  • Never cycle in the dark without adequate lighting – white for front, red for rear.
  • Always wear luminous clothing such as hi-vis vests, fluorescent armbands and reflective belts so that other road users can see you
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Make sure you keep to the LEFT in Ireland. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn
  • Follow the rules of the road, never run traffic lights or weave unpredictably in and out of traffic
  • Maintain your bike properly – in particular, your brakes should work properly and your tyres should be inflated to the right pressure and be in good condition
  • Respect other road users – don’t get into shouting matches with motorists; stop at pedestrian crossings; don’t cycle on the footpath in the villages.
  • Watch your speed, especially when cycling on these muddy windy streets and going downhill
  • Steer well clear of left-turning trucks or farm vehicles: let them turn before you move ahead
We’d suggest that only children over 12 who are proficient with cycling and the rules above should attempt this route.
Do ensure they:
  • Cycle a bike matched to their height and experience
  • Wear a safety helmet
  • Use lights in dark or dusky conditions
Don’t allow them to:
  • Cycle on public roads unsupervised (if under 12)
  • Wear loosely-worn scarves or other clothing that could get caught in the wheels or chain-set
  • Take unnecessary risks
Recommendations above taken from the Road Safety Authority of Ireland website.