National Bike week in Ireland gets underway from Saturday next, and according to the Road Safety Officer for Mayo County Council Noel Gibbons, the explosion in bike usage in recent years is good news for the environment and should also help to ease congestion in urban areas.
However, 70 percent of road fatalities in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists, so as part of National Bike week, cyclists in Mayo will be issued with number plates for their bicycles in a novel programme aimed at raising awareness of cycle safety.
The bright-coloured number plates will have a number and safety message on them and will hang under the bicycle saddle in a bid to increase the chances of other road users seeing the cyclist.
The scheme is part of a number of events taking place in Mayo next week as part of National Bike Week.
Noel told Midwest News that the purpose of the number plates is to raise awareness around cycle safety and to encourage more people to take to the two wheel mode of transport rather than the four wheels.