Commenting on the issue, Andrew Muir MLA stated “With cycling and active travel on the increase in the context of COVID-19 it’s especially important we have safe cycling routes to enable people to travel by bicycle. Forcing people to cycle along the busy A2 Bangor to Belfast is therefore a matter of real concern requiring investment to safely segregate cyclists from vehicular travel moving at 50mph.
I’ve raised this issue with the Minister and need to extend the segregated cycle lane beside the A2 Bangor to Belfast Road from Ballyrobert to Holywood but disappointed to learn that a feasibility study is unlikely to be commissioned due to unspecified significant challenges.
Whilst I will seek to get clarification on the challenges alluded to this reply only serves to confirm the need for Ards and North Down Borough Council to proceed with wider Greenway plans. Stretches of the North Down Coastal Path are currently unsuitable for cycling but with sensitive development of the route safer travel can be enabled by all users including cyclists. I will continue to push for sufficient funding from the Department for Infrastructure to enable these plans to go ahead”