Ministers get on their bike in Derry

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The North’s First and Deputy First Ministers have taken to their bikes to inspect Derry’s new Waterside Greenway walking and cycling link.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness were joined by Derry’s Mayor Martin Reilly to cycle along the new stretch developed by sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

The charity’s Northern Ireland Director, Gordon Clarke, who joined the Ministers and Mayor on the ride, said:

“The financial value of walking and cycling routes like the Waterside Greenway is undeniable, creating new local construction jobs and easing the burden of congestion and pollution on our economy.

“With the riverside network continuing to grow, the Derry~Londonderry community now has the option to walk and cycle more of their everyday journeys, helping people to save money and lead healthier lifestyles.

“The scenery along this new route is truly spectacular and will be a fantastic asset for commuters, leisure cyclists and tourists. I encourage everyone to visit when it opens in September.”

The new section of walking and cycling path, which cost £2.5million, will increase the local riverside network to 16 miles.