Need for safe motorcycle facilities to be developed-McGinley

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has highlighted the need for safe motorcycle facilities to be developed within the Council area.

Cllr. McGinley said: “In recent weeks we have witnessed an increase in the numbers of young people using motorcycles in residential areas particularly in the upper Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank estates.   This activity traditionally peaks at this time of year with the longer evenings and school holidays.

These motorcycles are unsuitable for use in built up areas and cause inconvenience and disruption to many residents as well as posing obvious dangers to drivers and pedestrians in an unregulated environment.

Many young people are attracted to motorcycles and it is unfortunate that the facilities do not exist which would allow bikes to be driven within a safe and regulated area.

I have been in discussions recently with Council officers and representatives of motorcycle organisations, particularly the North West Community Motorcycle Project set up specifically to address this issue, in an effort to identify suitable locations for the creation of motorcycle tracks and I will continue to work with all concerned to find a solution which will provide much needed facilities for young people.”