Greenway to Greenway Pedalling Picnic

Greenway to Greenway Pedalling Picnic East Belfast Partnership's Connswater Community Greenway project held their first ever Pedalling Picnic on Friday 28th August, cycling from Victoria Park on the proposed Connswater Community Greenway route to Billy Neill Stadium along the Comber Greenway route.

The purpose of the cycle ride and picnic was to raise awareness of the Connswater Community Greenway project, to highlight the links between the CCG and the Comber Greenway and to encourage local residents and other interested parties to get out and about on their bicycles.

The cycle ride followed on from a number of National Standard cycle training courses delivered to local children/young people through Dee Street Community Centre and Short Strand Community Centre. The training and cycle ride were facilitated by Sustrans, the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity, who delivered National Standard Cycle Training Levels 1 and 2 to local young people and marshalled the cycle ride itself.

The cycle ride is just one of many events organised by the Connswater Community Greenway team and local community organisations to raise awareness of the Connswater Community Greenway and to encourage people out into East Belfast’s green and open spaces ahead of the £40m development of the CCG.

Greenway to Greenway Pedalling Picnic Speaking after the event Sean Brannigan, Community Engagement Officer for the Connswater Community Greenway, said “events such as this are key to the success of the CCG Project, allowing us to raise awareness of the project whilst also providing a fun and safe environment for local people to enjoy a recreational activity that has both environmental and health benefits for those participating. The CCG will deliver 19kms of cycle and footpaths in east Belfast from the Castlereagh Hills through to Victoria Park and the new Titanic Quarter. Opening up safe, accessible and attractive alternatives to what can be a congested road network in east Belfast and encouraging people to use both existing the existing parks and facilities and the new paths and spaces to be delivered by the CCG are what events such as this are about.”

Sustrans project officer Jill McDonald said “This was the first pedalling picnic which linked the two projects of the Connswater Community Greenway and the Comber Greenway and we were delighted to be able to support the team at Connswater Community Greenway. Cycling on traffic free paths reduces congestions on the road network and offers health and environmental benefits. We hope to continue to promote cycling through working in partnership with the Connswater team.”

For more information on the Comber Greenway please visit the website www.combergreenway.co.uk

For more information on Sustrans please visit the website www.sustrans.org.uk

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