I was unsurprised to encounter a group of road bowling enthusiasts where you would normally find them. There was a car in front of me so I took advantage of the space cleared for it and could pass through without much loss of momentum. I’d have been doing about 40 where you’d normally be doing 60. From the driver’s side of the road came slow down gestures and comments.
This type of thing tends to have a triggering effect, almost as bad as the auld boys and young goddermen strolling down the middle of the road, backs to oncoming traffic, engrossed in conversation. They put up wee signs for drivers, ‘Caution Road Bowling’ and many appear to believe this absolves them from any caution regards moving vehicles.
“It’s a traditional pastime done here for generations” the enthusiasts might say. So was triumphalist Orange marching through Nationalist areas but that irresponsible and dangerous activity has largely been curtailed despite the enthusiasts’ sense of entitlement.
I personally believe road bowling on busy major roads is an irresponsible activity which endangers the lives of enthusiasts and road users alike. I don’t understand why it’s tolerated without any type of reasonable health and safety measures. There was road bowling in Boston among Armagh and Cork people; but it was done safely, in controlled environments, off the public roads. I think that should be the way here too. Busy roads are not the place for groups of pedestrians milling about with little concern for road safety and expecting others, operating machinery, to assume the responsibility on their behalf.
|⏩ Gavin Casey is a scundered motorist from Tyrone.|