Cycling

Cycling Routes Masterplan

Family riding bicycles

The Cycling Routes Masterplan is aimed at making it easier than ever for residents and visitors to take to their bikes in Mid and East Antrim.

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Members of the public took part in an eight-week consultation process, with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council staff staging information sessions in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne.

And members of Council’s Operational Committee heard that citizens were keen to saddle up and help shape the final draft of the masterplan.

The masterplan illustrates the existing and future potential cycling networks for Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus, as well as the scenic rural areas of the Borough and the adjoining local authority areas.

It includes a coastal greenway to link Carrickfergus with Jordanstown, in neighbouring Antrim and Newtownabbey, where a cycle route already connects to Belfast and Lisburn.

Suggestions for Ballymena include joining up existing suitable paths throughout the town and beyond.

Larne could see a link to the Port of Larne, the Antrim Coast Road and a route around the lagoon.

Other initiatives include a ‘Safe Routes to Schools Programme’ that will examine what needs to be done to allow children and parents better access to their local schools.

There are also plans to work closely with public transport centres, community centres and leisure centres to encourage more people to take up cycling.

The cycling masterplan was initiated by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and harnessed the expertise of charity group Sustrans.