A new cycleway in Bolton will provide a safe, direct route for local cyclists – but don’t expect a scenic view.
Concerns about local children throwing stones from the Darcy Lever viaduct have led councillors to insist that the cycleway should be “caged” as it passes over the viaduct.
According to the Bolton News, a local resident told the council planning committee:
“My big concern is there will be more vandalism to the properties next to the cycleway. Kids might start throwing stones onto the houses below.”
The route will follow a disused railway between Bolton and Bury. Another councillor asked for a similar cage over a road bridge, saying “I don’t want to see kids throwing rocks on to cars travelling at 50mph”.
The new cycleway has been planned for 17 years but has only now got the go-ahead. This section will run from Darcy Lever towards the town centre, crossing the busy A666 dual carriageway on a bridge. Eventually, the route is planned to run further towards Bury, and to become part of a regional cycle route from Wigan to Rochdale.