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Omagh Cycling master plan moves a step closer

Published: 23 July, 2014

l-r) Paddy Largey secretary of OCI, Gerry Hackett DRD, Howard Rainey Chair of OCI and Declan Mc Aleer MLA stop en route to consider the OCI master plan

l-r) Paddy Largey secretary of OCI, Gerry Hackett DRD, Howard Rainey Chair of OCI and Declan Mc Aleer MLA stop en route to consider the OCI master plan

The creation of an Omagh cycling master plan moved a step closer during the week as members of Omagh Cycling Initiative, DRD and West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer got on their saddles for a tour of the existing network. One of those who took part was OCI representative, Sean Harpur 'This was a more useful exercise than office meetings as it took the key stakeholders out on site to experience for themselves the current cycling infrastructure in and around the town. 'The engagement was very positive and OCI are appreciative that Gerry Hackett of DRD and Declan Mc Aleer took part. Whilst the town has a very extensive network at present there remains many gaps and links that could be developed to create the complete network as proposed in the OCI master plan. According to local MLA Declan Mc Aleer 'I really enjoyed the opportunity to get out and about on the cycle paths around Omagh. Whilst the engagement was positive, we did stop along the route and highlight current gaps in provision and pressed for sections of future development. 'One small but significant gap we highlighted was between the Donaghanie Rd/Hospital Rd junction and the national cycle route at Cranny Bridge and between St James Bridge and the library on Dublin Rd. Another section proposed was on the A505 to link the Slieveard Rd and Hawthorn Rd for cyclists and walkers. 'Whilst DRD do have responsibility for large sections of the network, Omagh District Council take the lead on most of the remainder. It is important that both organisations continue to work closely if we are to fully reap the benefits of the current cycling revolution'.