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In Dublin, cycling to work has effectively become an extreme sport in recent years

15th January, 2017
The government spends only 10 per cent of its transport budget on walking and cycling Pic: Don Macmonagle

‘If there’s one thing that gets my goat,” a colleague declares, “it’s when cyclists use the footpath. It’s just. Against. The law.”

A tense silence ensues. We could just let it pass. And yet . . . another colleague shifts in her seat.

“I see your point,” she begins. “It’s just that . . . on some roads, there’s nowhere else safe to be, is there?”...

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