Sustrans Northern Ireland, the UK wide cycling and walking charity, "road-tested" a safe and pleasant and healthy way for commuters to travel from Bangor to Belfast avoiding the survival-of-the-fittest queue congestion that is the daily experience of most on the A2 Bangor to Belfast Road.
Instead, Sustrans' volunteers piloted a cycle ride to Belfast along the scenic North down coastal path via Crawfordsburn, Helen's Bay, Holywood and the Titanic Quarter - on Wednesday, 20 April, 2011 leaving at 6.30am from Bangor's McKee Clock meeting other commuters at 7.30 in Holywood. The cycle ride was supported by a number of local cycling interests and enthusiasts.
Sustrans Volunteer Rangers, Murdo Murray and myself, stated "The North Down Coastal Path is a marvelous natural resource for the residents of North Down. Currently, part of the path is suitable for joint walking and cycling use - from Bangor to Helen's Bay. The path after this can be cycled but not without physical barrier interruption.
The cycle ride has confirmed the possibility - and interest - in fully developing this whole route along the entire extent from Bangor to Holywood into a joint use walking and cycle "greenway". It is understood that North Down Borough Council is also supportive of this aspiration.
The commuters from North Down deserve a safer, healthier and altogether more pleasant way of travelling between Bangor and Belfast."
Following our successful Cycle to Work initiative we are hoping to establish the event as a regular occurrence, perhaps every fortnight. Anyone interested in taking part should contact me.