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Tuesday, 4th June 2019

Mountain bikers putting future of Tullyallen nature trail in doubt

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The message on the signs couldn't be any clearer.

Mountain bikers are endangering the lives of walkers and schoolchildren at the recently opened Belnumber Wood walkway and the forestry authority Coillte say they may be forced to close the amenity on health and safety grounds.

The Belnumber Wood project was one of the feelgood stories of the year involving as it did the community at Tullyallen working together with the Council and local landowners to provide a wonderful amenity for everyone to enjoy.

It has only been open a little over two months and has proved to be a huge success with large numbers of people enjoying the nature and the tranquillity of the place but already its future has been put in jeopardy by a small number of people misusing it.

Coillte have been in touch with the Glen Committee to say that the use of the path by mountain bikers, despite signs forbidding it, is creating a danger for walkers and other users of the Glen and that if this practice continues, they will have no option but to close the walkway on health and safety grounds.

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“Despite signage such as the one pictured above, some bikers are still cycling on the route” Committee member Ann Carolan told Drogheda Life.

“The walkway is now very popular and because of the unprecedented amount of walkers that are using it, both young and old, Coillte fear that an accident will happen in the near future.

“Therefore, we would ask walkers to please encourage the bikers to use the designated routes that are available to them at the other side of the nature walk.

“Coillte have even volunteered to designate an entire area for mountain bike users at the other less used side of the nature walk. We need to publicise this so that everyone is made aware of the awful possibility that the hard fought for and much loved amenity be lost to us all.”

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