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Safety cash for bike road racing is futile

The Communities Minister has allocated financial assistance for providing safety measures to public road racing circuits in Northern Ireland.

The races concerned and amounts promised are NW200 (£124,000), Armoy (£55,000), Ulster Grand Prix (not stated, but probably about £90,000).

I fail to understand how these proposed safety measures can provide assurance of greater safety to both riders and spectators in such dangerous public road circuits. Measures have already been introduced over the past years to increase safety, but unfortunately deaths and serious injuries continue to occur on these public roads.

Surely, these race organisers must seriously consider changing from public roads to safer, open-circuit racing tracks, like Kirkistown and Aldergrove (NI), which have no history of deaths - or even consider constructing such tracks in Northern Ireland?


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