Gardai warned OPW bike lane was dangerous before cyclist killed there

Posted on: December 7th, 2017

cyclist killed Phoenix Park

The Garda had told the Office of Public Works the cycle lane in the Phoenix Park was unsafe and suggested how to address the problems. But nothing was done and a cyclist was later killed. Bernard Tully, a father of six, collided with a pedestrian and later died.


Cyclist killed in Phoenix Park on dangerous cycle lane


A cycle lane in Dublin’s Phoenix Park where a cyclist was killed was flagged as a danger before his death.

The Garda had warned the Office of Public Works (OPW) that the lay-out of the lane and a parallel pavement was a safety hazard.

However, it appears nothing was done to rectify the problem and Bernard Tully was killed there last year.

The 59-year-old from Cavan, but living in Castleknock beside the park, collided with a pedestrian. He died in hospital two days later, on May 4th, from head injuries.

His wife Joan became concerned when he failed to return home. She went looking for him in the park but he had already crashed.

The incident occurred on Chesterfield Ave at 8.50pm on the May Bank Holiday weekend Monday last year.

The father of six, a former engineer, was a regular in the park; cycling there almost daily.


cyclist killed Phoenix Park


Mr Tully, above, had always worn hi-vis and a helmet. However, his inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court yesterday heard he was not wearing a helmet on the day.

The pedestrian he hit was coming from the pavement and crossing over the cycle lane on his way out of the park.

Because the cycle lane runs closest to the road and the pavement is on the inside of it, pedestrians must walk across the cycle lane when leaving the pavement.


Cycle lane warning

And Det Insp Peter Hayde said there had been collisions there in the past as a result. He added such incidents were common.

As a result, the Garda had warned the OPW to change the lay-out by swapping the cycling lane and path.

“There have been other accidents,” he said. “At the zoo for example, families place their children in immediate danger by stopping their cars and alighting onto the cycle path.”

The inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death. And it recommended the safety issues be raised with the OPW and Road Safety Authority.

In evidence it emerged that Bernard Tully was an organ donor and his organs went to five recipients.