Road Safety

For the safety of road users, laws were introduced that prosecuted those cycling on footpaths or travelling in the dark without a light.


For the safety of road users, laws were introduced that prosecuted those cycling on footpaths or travelling in the dark without a light. Often on bicycles, the Royal Irish Constabulary and after 1922, the Garda Síochána, enforced this law throughout Ireland.

Mass Prosecution of Cyclists article

Mass Prosecution of Cyclists. Irish Press 1931-1995, 21.12.1935, page 5

“ When the dance was over, we headed on our homeward journey on our less than roadworthy bicycles. Only a few of us possessed lights, the girls with f lash lamps positioned themselves four abreast on the road in front, with the dark unlit beings cycling half hidden in between. At the back, you’d have your f ingers crossed that you wouldn’t encounter any Garda, as to be caught without a light in those days was a big offence. The embarrassment was the biggest thing, as you could face having your name appearing in the local paper for breaking the law. So it’s a case of; “where would you be going without a light on your bike?” as the saying goes. ”

Peggy McLoughlin, Cluain na gCléireach, Cnoc Mhuire, Co. Mhaigh Eo / Clarkfield, Knock, Co. Mayo.

Peggy Mc Loughlin, 1959.

Lucas “King of the Road” Cycle Lighting Equipment and Accessories Catalogue.