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Number of people hospitalised after cycling crashes rose by almost a third in 2020

The number of people hospitalised after cycling crashes increased by almost a third last year. Fr...
Eoghan Murphy
Eoghan Murphy

13.49 27 Aug 2021


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Number of people hospitalised after cycling crashes rose by almost a third in 2020

Eoghan Murphy
Eoghan Murphy

13.49 27 Aug 2021


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The number of people hospitalised after cycling crashes increased by almost a third last year.

Freedom of information figures release to Newstalk show 201 children under nine years old were among those who needed inpatient care in 2020.

In 2019, 1,437 people had inpatient admissions in hospital due to a cycling incident or collision.

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Last year that rose to 1,888 - involving 1,354 males and 534 females.

A total of 501 children were among those hospitalised, along with 71 people over the age of 70.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon was recently involved in a serious crash while cycling in Moycullen, Co Galway.

He said: "I was struck by a motorist in an SUV - I am now out of action.

"I can't put any weight on my knee for three months, and I'm looking at about a year to a year and a half of a slow recovery getting back to full strength again.

"I've experienced that, and so have hundreds of others over the last few years."

Last year the largest amount of hospitalisations was in the south and southwest of the country, involving 379 admissions.

That's followed by 371 in the hospitals run by the Ireland East Hospital Group.

Main image: File photo. Picture by: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/PA Images

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