Northern Ireland’s Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has won the 2016 Fréd Award for Most Engaged Politician of the Year on cycling matters. Winners across eight categories have been announced as voted for by the cycling public.
Belfast will construct a dedicated bicycle network running to more than 130km over the next decade. The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has released its Belfast Bicycle Network Plan for public consultation with the message that our city’s current reliance on the private motor car is “killing us”.
Belfast councillors have reacted to a flood of public complaints by voting to retain the current service offered by its Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes public bicycle hire scheme.
At today’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, a proposal to attempt to claw back £15,000 in operating costs by reducing the “free” initial 30 minutes of every journey to just 15 minutes was rejected.
Belfast City Councillors will vote tomorrow on reducing the “free” first 30 minutes of Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes journeys to just 15 minutes, fundamentally altering the nature of the popular and successful public cycle hire scheme. Will this move to squeeze more revenue from users, and make the scheme less attractive, depress membership levels and push the scheme into a death spiral?
The Department for Infrastructure’s (DfI) latest high-profile cycling scheme grasps the cycling revolution by the collar and gives it a much-needed shake. Taking away a vehicle lane in favour of a kerb-separated cycleway is a great sign for the forthcoming Belfast Bicycle Network Plan, but a few issues need to be corrected as the design consultation closes.
A vehicle lane on one of Belfast’s main outbound arterial routes will be repurposed as a dedicated two-way cycleway in a revolutionary step for cycling in the city.
Middlepath Street takes strategic traffic from Belfast city centre towards the M3 motorway which links to the M1 (south), M2 (north) and A2 (northeast) and the key eastern corridor of the Newtownards Road.