Northern Ireland’s Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen visited the Netherlands this week as preparations continue for the launch of two masterplans on the Belfast Bicycle Network and a Greenways Strategy for Northern Ireland.
— Gemeente Beuningen (@gem_Beuningen) February 18, 2016
Minister McIlveen’s low-key visit took in a trip to Beuningen to focus on the ‘fast cycle route’ between Arhem and Nijmegen and how high-quality dense cycling infrastructure networks enable local children to cycle to school. Northern Ireland’s current cycle-to-school levels have registered between 0% and 1% over the last decade.
— NI Greenways (@nigreenways) October 16, 2014
The Minister’s trip also included a trip to Amsterdam to see some of the best urban cycling infrastructure in the world, hopefully taking some lessons to be translated into the current push to make Belfast less reliant on the motor car.
This has been a busy time for the Minister and her Cycling Unit. The previous week saw a trip to Edinburgh hosted by Sustrans to learn lessons from the development of greenways in Edinburgh.
— John Lauder (@John_Lauder) February 12, 2016
It’s great to see our Transport Minister keen to learn from best practice and keep the momentum going for cycling development as we approach the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.