Rachel Ludlow-Williams: Sustainable Transport

Wednesday 15 March 2017: Rachel Ludlow-Williams: Sustainable Transport

Guest speaker, Rachel Ludlow-Williams with Probus President, John McCandless

Rachel was accompanied by Imelda Mc Carron, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council Recreation Officer and by Sustrans volunteers Liam Mc Grath, Paddy Largy and Lisa Stewart. She explained that she was the volunteer Co-ordinator for Sustrans and was responsible for some 4,000 volunteers, within 220 groups and with 40.000 supporters.

She is also involved in the National Cycling Network with 191 of 1180 schools in Northern Ireland involved. Other initiatives include Belfast Bike Life that involved 7 million journeys in 2015 on 19 kilometres of cycle path. Most of this cycle pathway is constructed on former railway land, canals and parkland.

Much interest was generated in the Probus members present with many questions being asked including the practice of some groups of cycling four abreast and the construction of cycle pathways along the new roads e.g. A5. Rachel emphasised that Sustrans were looking forward to working with the local Council and people of Omagh district to help improve existing and support proposed new local networks for cyclists and walkers. They are also looking for more volunteers in the area and she can be contacted by telephone  at 02890434569 or by e-mail at Rachel.ludlow-williams@sustrans.org.uk

Rachel and her friends were thanked by Club President John Mc Candless for a very interesting talk