The proposed path would run along the length of the Derry and Melmount roads via the town centre, providing a safe space for local people living near the arterial roads in the town to travel to school and work by cycling, and would mainly take the form of a segregated section along the current footpath. Scott has now written to the Department for Infrastructure asking them to investigate the possibility.
“I support the creation of a footbridge between the town centre and the bus station, and more play parks for local children. But these measures don’t go far enough. The cycle path will make it easier for families across the town to quickly and safely access any new play parks, and will help shift our travel habits much more than a footbridge alone could.
“This is a real opportunity to inspire many to get active and get outdoors. If we are to transform the quality of life in our town and lift ourselves out of deprivation, we need to be willing to embrace distinctive and transformative new solutions to the problems we face.