A survey has found that the most dangerous city for cyclists is Dublin, with a staggering 42 per cent of respondents saying it is the place to be.
Dublin is the most crowded city for cycling, with an estimated 40 per cent riders on a daily basis, according to a survey of more than 4,000 cyclists by the organisation Bike Ireland.
There are about 7.4 million registered cyclists in the city and a quarter of them cycle to work.
A whopping 42 per the survey, Dublin has the highest number of cyclists on a bike per head of population in the country, at 42 per 100,000 people.
This comes despite a new cycle track being constructed in the heart of the city last year.
The study also found that cyclists in Dublin are also disproportionately likely to be the targets of road traffic offences.
It found that in the past 12 months, road traffic collisions involving cyclists increased by 24 per cent, and those involving cars increased by 50 per cent.
More than half of all cyclists in Ireland said that they have been hit by a vehicle in the last 12 months and most were injured.
Dublins top five cities for cycling are:Dublin has the most cars per head, at 3.2 vehicles per 100 head of residents, while the least car-friendly city is Cork with 0.4 vehicles per head.
It was followed by Dublin with a high of 2.4 cars per 100 people, followed by Galway with 1.5 and Limerick with 1,9.
Cyclists in Cork are most likely to face road traffic accidents, with 8 per cent saying they have ever been injured on a road.
There was no significant difference between car and cycle accidents for those in Galway, Cork and Limestone.
More:More:In Galway and Cork, there were significant numbers of cyclists who have been in an accident.
Dubliner riders are most at risk for collision-related injuries, the study found, with 26 per cent reporting having been in a crash, and 14 per cent injured.
In Galport, the highest percentage of cyclists were injured, with 28 per cent suffering a head injury and 11 per cent being hurt.
Cycle safety measures have been introduced in the capital, with cycling on roads increased from 14 per week in 2013 to 23 per week.
It has also been noted that cyclists are more likely to crash if they are using a bike that is more than twice as heavy as a car.
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