John is a volunteer ranger in Craigavon and Lough Neagh, central Northern Ireland. He's been a volunteer for two years, helping to maintain the National Cycle Network and ensuring it's safe for everyone to enjoy.
What John does
As a volunteer ranger, John looks after the National Cycle Network routes in his area. He regularly checks signage along the route, ensuring that it’s clean and visible so those walking and cycling can easily navigate the pathway.
John goes out on his route each month and carries out a host of activities. From sprucing up the permanent route signs, to clearing encroaching vegetation, to putting up temporary National Cycle Network stickers to ensure the route is well-signed, John and his fellow volunteer rangers are vital to keeping the Network in top condition.
What does John love about being a volunteer ranger?
“I enjoy cycling on the quiet roads and trails of the National Cycle Network and I value that the routes are there for me to use. The Network needs to be maintained by someone, otherwise it would fall into disrepair or cease to exist. As I value using the Network, I felt that I should give some of my time to help maintain it.”
“Having a stretch of route to look after motivates me to get out on the bike to check and maintain it. It also makes me feel that I am doing something useful to help fellow cyclists to enjoy the Northern Ireland countryside.”
The right tools for the job
Of course, every Sustrans volunteer ranger has a tool of choice to help them carry out these crucial activities on the Network. John said:
“My tool of choice? It’s my Flash Spray, followed closely by my secateurs!”