Bike crash fears

Thursday, 19 October 2017

FORMER Ballymena Mayor, councillor Audrey Wales, has called for footpath cycling in the town centre to be BANNED - before someone is seriously injured.
She says the two-wheeled culprits speeding along the footpaths are endangering pedestrians with Wellington Street pinpointed as one of the main blackspots.
“Unless something is done to put a stop to cycling on footpaths someone will end up being hurt," said Cllr. Wales.
She added shopppers could easily step out on to the footpath and be hit by a speeding cyclist.
“It's the last thing you would think about as you step out of a shop. Cyclists should not be on the footpaths. I am amazed that no one has been knocked down or hit by a cyclist," said Cllr. Wales.
The former Mid and East Antrim Mayor said that when you step out on to the footpath after shopping, the last thing expected is to be mown down by a flying cyclist.
The Guardian was contacted by a number of shoppers who experienced near misses from passing bikers.
One said: "Surely common sense should be enough to make people not want to ride along a footpath at speed with pedestrians present."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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