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Moy cycling advocates calling on Stormont to make active travel more accessible

Moy cycling advocates calling on Stormont to make active travel more accessible

Moy village. (Image: Justin Kernoghan/Belfast Live) A group promoting cycling are calling on the Infrastructure Minister to make cycling more accessible in Moy. Cycul are…

Wednesday, Jul 21

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Moy village. (Image: Justin Kernoghan/Belfast Live) A group promoting cycling are calling on the Infrastructure Minister to make cycling more accessible in Moy.

Cycul are a social enterprise founded in 2010 who advocate for active travel, and have been based in the Co Tyrone village for the past five years.

They create and manage cycling events in the area, as well as leading new projects and campaigns.

One such campaign is a petition to create a Moy Activity Loop – 300 metres of paths in Moy/Charlemont that would create a 10 km loop ideal for accessible walking, running, and cycling.

The group’s director, Stephen McNally, told MyTyrone that green space has been "chipped and eroded away by an increasing number of cars" in Moy over the past 70 to 80 years.

He added there are around 115 car parking spaces in the area with only a few strips of grass remaining, meaning there’s a lack of green space to allow for exercising and socialising.

Pollution is also an issue in the village, Stephen says, with the main road to Dublin now running through the centre of the square, with 1,000 or more cars passing through at peak times, wreaking havoc on the air quality.He continued: "Luckily, there are some really, really quiet country roads – almost like greenways – just beyond the village with extremely low traffic levels – perfect for cycling, running or walking."Unfortunately residents and workers trying to escape the pollution and traffic can only get so far. The footpath ends abruptly just […]

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