Cycling Ulster’s ‘Safer Cycling’ project took another step forward on Wednesday 21st May with several clubs in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area receiving recording cameras and Hi-Viz gilets thanks to funding from the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).
The ‘Safer Cycling’ project began following feedback from clubs in the province in the autumn of last year and is aimed at making roads a safer environment for cyclists. Cycling Ulster have held meetings with eight of the PCSPs so far to create a better working relationship and to seek support for providing clubs with resources such as recording cameras and Hi-Viz gilets.
The cameras are used to record activities during club spins and will enable Cycling Ulster members to highlight dangerous incidents that have occurred with the PSNI. This also means that there is an accountability on cyclists to ensure they are being considerate of other road users and cycling in a safe and appropriate manner.
Five clubs in the Fermanagh and Omagh area benefited on this occasion, Lakeland CC, Omagh Wheelers, Mallard Flyers, Three Peaks CC and Termon Wheelers.
Speaking after the presentation, Cycling Ulster Chairman, Tommy McCague said:
“Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP are the second area to be involved in this initiative, following on from Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon PCSP last month.
“I want to thank those from Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP who have worked closely with Cycling Ulster to deliver these resources to clubs, particularly Greg McMullan. I also want to thank the PSNI Roads Unit for their continued support for this initiative throughout the region.
“The ‘Safer Cycling’ project is part of an overall agenda of Cycling Ulster to help improve conditions for cyclists in the province, whether that is for everyday road cyclists, competitions or getting investment in infrastructure for off-road events and traffic free circuits.
“Cycling Ulster will continue to engage with other PCSPs in the hope of gaining further resources for clubs in the months ahead. We will also continue to liaise with the local authorities in Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.”