The new pedestrian and cycle Peace Bridge in Derry~Londonderry, which opened in 2011, was funded by the European Union as a way of bringing communities in the east and west of the city together. Whilst the bridge was proving popular with many residents, there were parts of the city that did not have easy access to it, making it difficult for people in these areas to get around on foot or by bike.
“ Until last year I hadn’t cycled since I was a child. You see so much more of the city and areas that you would never go into because the new cyclepaths take you away from the roads and through fields. It’s a fantastic opportunity. ”
Sustrans and Derry City Council developed a new traffic-free path on the east bank of the River Foyle that connects the new Peace Bridge to St Columb’s Park and onwards to the existing Foyle Bridge. Known as the Waterside Greenway, the new path links to existing routes to form a circuit along and across the east and west banks of the river. It also provides access to the waterfront from Waterside for the first time in living memory.
By connecting communities to the Peace Bridge, the scheme has provided pedestrians and cyclists with direct access to the walled city and its amenities. It also links residents to the bus station and to the regenerated community areas of Ebrington and St Columb’s Park. As a result, many more people are using the already popular new bridge and there have been huge increases in walking and cycling for everyday journeys in the city. Since opening in June 2011, over 1,500,000 people have walked or cycled across the Peace Bridge, averaging 2,300 pedestrians and 180 cyclists a day.
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