Work has started on a new cycle path scheme at Castledawson Road, Magherafelt.
Up to 480 metres of combined footway/cycleway will be constructed as part of the £75,000 scheme which is expected to last for four weeks.
Danny Kennedy said: “This is a very welcome scheme particularly as it addresses the missing link between Pound Road at Magherafelt town boundary and the excellent facility provided at Aghagaskin Road last year.
“Cycling continues to grow in popularity across Northern Ireland, both as a means of commuting to work and for leisure. I am committed to delivering more schemes such as this one in Magherafelt, which are designed to encourage more people to try cycling in a safe and enjoyable environment.”
Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for Mid-Ulster, Sandra Overend, has welcomed the extension of a cycle path on the Castledawson Road.
Mrs Overend, who is the Assembly Private Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development, said,
She said: “I very much welcome the extension of the Cycle Path on the A31 Castledawson Road and met the Minister, Danny Kennedy MLA, on site just a few days ago. This 500 metre extension will link the cycle lane from the end of Pound Road and Agaghaskin Road.
“I am very pleased that the Regional Development Minister recognises the value of promoting cycling and development such as this is welcome news for local cyclists, coming on the back of excellent upgrades to the Castledawson Road last year.”
Magherafelt SDLP Councillor Jim Campbell suggested providing a cycle path on the Castledawson Road some years ago.
Welcoming the scheme, he said he would have like to have seen it carried out on the other side of the road.
“Nevertheless it is a good idea and the Castledawson Road is a straight thoroughfare which lends itself to this type of development,” he continued.
“Cycling has become extremely popular and I hope this will encourage more people to abandon the car and take up the bike for a healthier way of life.”
DUP MLA Ian McCrea also welcomed the development. “Any investment is welcomed on our roads/footways and it is something I will endeavour to keep lobbying Roads Service in their continued efforts to bid for to additional investment to help our roads network in Mid Ulster,” he said.