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312. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the safety of pedestrians, and the provision of proper procedures for cyclists to be accountable for bad road behaviour; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41308/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the issues raised in the correspondence in question in relation to the layout and provision of cycle tracks are matters for the relevant local authority.
I am advised that members of An Garda Síochána enforce road traffic legislation as it applies to cyclists as part of their normal duties on an ongoing basis. In addition to the day to day enforcement of relevant provisions of the Road Traffic Acts, breaches of the legislation are regularly targeted by way of specific Garda operations which take into account the interaction of cyclists, pedestrians and vehicular traffic. In this regard, and as part of the 2015 Dublin Metropolitan Region Roads Policing Operations Plan, there have been four dedicated pedal cycle enforcement days to date this year, the most recent on 8 November 2015, and the current ‘Safer Roads for Dublin’ initiative, which runs for the duration of October and November includes a particular focus on the breach of red lights by all road users, including pedal cyclists.
Where breaches of the road traffic legislation are detected, members of An Garda Síochána, depending on the circumstances, may deal with the incident by way of advice or caution or by initiating criminal proceedings. As the Deputy will be aware, certain specific offences by cyclists may now result in the issuing of a fixed charge notice, including for the offence of cycling without reasonable consideration.