By Neto Baptiste
The Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Federation (ABCF) and the Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board (ABTB) have reached an agreement regarding the removal of speed bumps on routes identified by the federation for hosting races throughout the domestic cycling season.
This is according to head of the federation, St. Clair Williams, who said a meeting held last Friday with members of the transport board proved effective in finding a solution to the problem.
“We reached a very good understanding that every single race we are going to put on they will assist us in terms of removing the speed bumps along the route in particular we are going to take. So we are just going to have to outline the route ahead of time and then they will facilitate us in terms of removing the speed bumps,” he said.
Williams, in a previous interview, identified the recently installed speed bumps as potential hazards to cyclists who compete and train on the roads throughout the season. He added that removal ahead of race days would be the most effective approach to the issue.
The cycling boss said the authorities at the Transport Board were extremely understanding and helpful in finding a solution to the issue.
“We outlined what we would like and what they are trying to do in terms of putting down the speed bumps, but at the end of the day they said they understand where we are coming come from. We outlined that it is going to be very hard on the cyclists so we made a good case and they facilitated so we are very greatfull for that accommodation,” Williams said.
The cycling federation, on Sunday, held its season opener in the form of an Individual Time Trial on the roads stretching from the Darkwood Beach to Morris Bay in Old Road.