Tá líon na rothaithe i mBaile Átha Cliath i ndiaidh dúbailt le cúig bliana anuas, rud maith don timpeallacht agus do shláinte an duine.
Ach tá meadú ag teacht ar líon na dtimpistí a bhfuil baint ag rothair leo fosta.
Maraíodh 15 rothaithe ar bhóithre na Poblachta anuraidh, an figiúr is airde le breis agus 10 mbliana anuas.
Anuraidh chruinnigh níos mó ná 200 rothaí taobh amuigh de Theach Laighean agus iad ag lorg infreastruchtúir agus cearta níos fearr do rothaithe.
Tá sé ráite ag an ghrúpa ‘Dublin Cyclist Campaign’ gur chóir go gcaithfí 10% den bhuiséad iompair ar mhodhanna taistil ar nós na rothaíochta in áit 1% mar a caitheamh air anuraidh.
I ráiteas a tugadh do Meon Eile an tseachtain seo dúirt urlabhraí de chuid an Roinn Iompair, Turasóireachta agus Spóirt:
“While it is not possible to completely and comprehensively single out the spend on cyclist and walking infrastructure ( e.g. road maintenance and repair, road builds, traffic management systems, etc. benefit all road users) there will continue to be investment in high quality cycling and walking infrastructures, and the Minister has secured increased allocations for safe cycling infrastructure over the period 2018-2021.
“Over €110m will now be available specifically for the development of cycling and walking infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area and Regional Cities over the next four years.”
Ag tagairt do na 14 rothaí a maraíodh ar bhóithre na tíre anuraidh dúirt siad:
“The Minister is acutely aware of the importance of safety for our cyclists and is very conscious of the increase in cycling fatalities in 2017. The Department and the Minister continues to work with and fund key stakeholders to address how road users behave on our roads in order to promote a safe and respectful approach from all users sharing the public road space.
“Other measures to ensure road safety in our communities include the Road Safety Act 2016 which created legislation to have a 20km/h speed limit, and the Minister hopes to see local authorities making use of this important new provision.
“The RSA continue to work with An Garda Síochána, whose responsibility it is to enforce our traffic laws. The Minister was pleased to hear that an increase of 10% in the traffic corps was announced earlier in 2017, and hopes this will be further increased in the near future.”