The Comber Greenway is a 7 mile traffic free section of the National Cycle Network running from Belfast to Comber along the old railway line which closed in 1950. It is a flat bitmac linear path.
Before the pandemic it was a quiet peaceful path to walk along, to listen to the sound of the birds and to count the number of discarded poo bags along the route.
But not anymore. It has turned into a racing track where cyclists donned out in the latest apparel disregard the right of walkers to be able to walk without being knocked down.
Gordon and I used to walk it most days. Going from one section to another. But no longer. We have been driven away by cyclists.
Now don’t get me wrong many members of my family are cyclists but it only takes a few to act like Tour de France competitors to make it unsafe for others.
For the slightly hard of hearing there is no noise to signal that a cyclist is approaching and very few appear to know how to ring their bell. A gush of air as they pass and you jump into the ditch to avoid being mowed down.
I have just read an account on our Nextdoor app that a young child on a bicycle was knocked over by an adult cyclist on the Greenway at the weekend, both ending up in the ditch, the child winded and distressed. This was backed up by other complaints of a similar nature.
With the summer months ahead what is the solution? No one wants to ban cyclists but neither do we want to end up with a fatality.
I don’t have a solution other than to have cycling hours so that walkers get the chance to walk without fear of being knocked down. But I would appeal to the cyclists to be more considerate. You know who you are. Now take the joggers …..no, don’t even start me on joggers.