Imogen Cotter is a professional cyclist who had a life-changing accident while training in January 2022.

Imogen was hit by an oncoming vehicle that was attempting to overtake another cyclist on the other side of the road. She suffered serious injuries resulting in five surgeries and hundreds of hours of physio. Her accident highlights the importance of drivers being mindful of cyclists on the road. Imogen hopes that her story can make drivers slow down and realize that there is a life behind the cyclists they see on the road.

They are not just cyclists, but people with whole lives, goals, and people that they love.

Škoda Ireland partners with RSA Ireland to share her story. #VisionZero

Imogen's story

How to share the roads safely with people cycling?

Give people who cycle the space to ride safely when overtaking them (at least 1 metre in speed zones up to 50 km/h and at least 1.5 metres in zones over 50km/h). People who cycle can be thrown off course by sudden gusts of wind or when having to avoid uneven road surfaces.

Remember a person cycling could be in your blind spot so look carefully before you manoeuvre your vehicle.

If you are driving too fast you will not be able to react in time to the presence of other road users. There is a 50% risk of deaths if a cyclist is hit by a vehicle travelling at 60km/h.

If you or passengers are getting out of a parked vehicle make sure you check for passing people cycling before opening the door.

The Road Safety Authority

To find out more about road safety advice and guidance for all road users, visit the RSA Ireland website. #VisionZero