Lagan cordon count (Ormeau Bridge)

Bikefast wanted to know what the peak rates of everyday cycling were in our city. We’ve talked a good bit about the perceived growth of cycling in our city and we’ve posted lots of encouraging pictures to Instagram – but we’re struggling to get good, granular data out of our Transport Department (DfI). So we took matters into our own hands. We pitched our intrepid bicycle counter (me – Ed) at three locations along the Laganside corridor on evenings in Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 to get just a little sample of what a dedicated cordon count might show.

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Lagan cordon count (Albert Bridge)

Bikefast wanted to know what the peak rates of everyday cycling were in our city. We’ve talked a good bit about the perceived growth of cycling in our city and we’ve posted lots of encouraging pictures to Instagram – but we’re struggling to get good, granular data out of our Transport Department (DfI). So we took matters into our own hands. We pitched our intrepid bicycle counter (me – Ed) at three locations along the Laganside corridor on evenings in Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 to get just a little sample of what a dedicated cordon count might show.

In the second of three articles, we take a look at Belfast’s Albert Bridge, at it’s intersection with the National Cycle Network..

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Lagan cordon count (Gasworks Junction)

Bikefast wanted to know what the peak rates of everyday cycling were in our city. We’ve talked a good bit about the perceived growth of cycling in our city and we’ve posted lots of encouraging pictures to Instagram – but we’re struggling to get good, granular data out of our Transport Department (DfI). So we took matters into our own hands. We pitched our intrepid bicycle counter (me – Ed) at three locations along the Laganside corridor on evenings in Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 to get just a little sample of what a dedicated cordon count might show.

In the first of three articles, here’s what we found happening at the Gasworks..

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Allstate NI Laganside diversion

Work is beginning this week on the new Allstate NI office block between Belfast’s Central Station, the former Maysfield Leisure Centre and the Lagan River. Users of the Laganside path will face a number of diversions over the course of the expected 22 months of construction work.

The new Allstate building was recently given a green light by Belfast city council planners, and will include a contribution towards establishing a new Belfast Bikes station on the riverside. Allstate NI are also previous winners of the Best Large Employer for Cycling in the Fréd Awards.

Fences are already in place which will divert people around the loop path for one month, to allow for the main pathway to be widened. Construction on the green will mean a security and safety hoarding will be erected on sections of the main path.

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Image reproduced with permission from WDR & RT Taggart

To maintain the path width on this heavily-used facility, the contractors will create a cantilevered extension over the river. When this is in place the loop section will be closed to public access.

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A temporary path will extend ahead, cantilevered over the river

This is certainly an improvement over the situation at the Waterfront Hall which has closed the National Cycle Network for 2 years. This temporary construction will be removed at the end of the works and the main path reinstated to its current configuration.

The final site plans show a slight drawback with the existing access directly into the Central Station taxi rank from the loop path being lost to the new building.

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Image reproduced with permission from WDR & RT Taggart

It is a pity that this heavily used cut-through could not have been accommodated in the overall scheme design, as it will add a lengthy diversion across the Dutch bridge and up beside Maysfield Leisure Centre, soon to be the site of a new Concentrix building.

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Getting to Central Station from the Gasworks will mean crossing the Dutch bridge in future

Overall it’s good to see developers ensuring that cycling journeys are protected to the best extent during building works, and working to advise users of the disruptions at key stages. Access between the Gasworks and Albert Bridge will be maintained throughout, keeping the critical spine of the Belfast cycling network intact.


For more information or queries about the works contact Stewart Graham (OHMG Ltd)
E: sgraham@ohmg.com