The Department of Finance is consulting on Budgetary Outlook scenarios for the period 2018-20, in lieu of a functioning government. You have until 5pm tomorrow to respond and stop the Department for Infrastructure from burying active and sustainable transport again.
A £350,000 scheme to widen a three mile urban stretch of the Comber Greenway has begun in East Belfast.
The Comber Greenway is a traffic-free link between the city of Belfast and the town of Comber, following the old trackbed of the Belfast and County Down Railway.
81% of people in Belfast want more protected bike routes to make cycling safer, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic, the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities has revealed.
A review of the popular but embattled Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes scheme will see a major shift to the south of the city at the expense of less popular city centre docks.
You’d hope that a £175M public investment in a Transport Hub to revolutionise city transport would mean a step forward for active travel in Belfast. Instead the big beasts of transport planning have once more prioritised car travel in an urban setting, with the needs of pedestrians and bicycle users and, shockingly, even Belfast Rapid Transit left to play second fiddle.
Translink seems to be on the cusp of making a significant investment in passenger bicycle parking facilities, by the look of developments at Holywood NIR station.
The frozen political situation in Northern Ireland is affecting many aspects of public life and cycling infrastructure development appears to be slowing too.
The popular Ciclovia Belfast event, backed by Belfast City Council, returns to the city streets this autumn. Once more a mile of roads from Botanic Avenue to Belfast City Hall will be closed to traffic but opened up to street life in many forms.
A reply to the Department of Infrastructure in defense of Belfast city centre pedestrians
Many thanks for your email of 5 July 2017. I've included the relevant pieces of our correspondence at the bottom of the article.
To summarise, as part of a welcome and revolutionary cycling scheme on Belfast's High Street, you've oddly tacked on a proposal to scrap a zebra crossing on nearby Castle Place. This is likely to be the country's busiest* dedicated pedestrian crossing, and you intend to replace it with.. a signal-controlled crossing which will necessarily prioritise vehicle movements compared to the current situation.
So the confidence and supply deal is done and the DUP have brought home the bacon – £1.5 billion for Northern Ireland in exchange for propping up Theresa May’s minority government. And a whack of cash is listed under infrastructure, but will active travel continue to live off scraps, or can this critical policy area move from the fringes to the mainstream?