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by Mark Zalewski
July 9, 2016
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A local politician in Ireland is seeking a ban on cycling events and large groups of riders using the public roadways. Councillor Joe Folan says that motorists are being unnecessarily delayed due to large groups of cyclists.
“I have nothing against those who go out individually – or three or four cyclists together,” he told the Connacht Tribune.
“But the large groups and throngs that are regularly swamping the narrow roads of Connemara in recent years is a serious hindrance to local people and a potential safety risk,” he said. “Motorists pay up their road tax and contribute to the upkeep of our infrastructure, bad and all as it is. There is no tax on bicycles.”
Folan said the number of complaints he received prompted him to call for the ban.
“Some of these events begin in Galway city and come out the south Connemara road. From there, they angle north to Maam Cross and in along the N59 to Galway again. Where is the economic benefit there?”
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