Published Friday, 24 May 2013
An extension to the Comber Greenway means cyclists can now take the riverside route all the way to Titanic Quarter.
Belfast Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson and Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy took it for a test ride as it launched on Friday afternoon.
"This is an addition to the connections that we need in the city," Mr Robinson said.
"It's a new provision for cyclists and connects east Belfast with Titanic Quarter and I think it's a great addition to what we have for cyclists in Belfast."
Mr Kennedy said: "Working together, Roads Service, Sustrans and Belfast Harbour Commissioners have delivered this excellent new route and I am confident it will quickly become popular with commuters, visitors, and recreational cyclists and walkers."
The route, complete with crossings, was coordinated by Belfast City Council and Sustrans.
Steven Patterson from the bike charity said: "We've been working with businesses in Titanic Quarter to encourage their employees to cycle to work and that is taking off really well.
"I think for commuting and for leisure people want to take more exercise.
"Petrol is getting more expensive so this is a low cost healthy way to travel. We have had funding from the national lottery as well, so all in all it's a very positive initiative."
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