Election Cycle 2016 – East Londonderry
At the start of April 2016 the President of Cycling UK (and Channel 4 News presenter) Jon Snow contacted all Northern Ireland Assembly Election candidates to ask for their support in three simple policy asks around cycling investment, building a greenway network and delivering an Active Travel Act.
The responses received so far from candidates standing in East Londonderry are listed below. You can also click on each name to contact your local candidates through Twitter or Facebook to ask them to respond if they haven’t already. (Social media contact details are not available for some candidates.)
|Caoimhe Archibald||Sinn Féin||YES||YES||YES|
|Comments: “I am fully supportive of the bicycle strategy and believe there is great benefits to be had in terms of promoting a healthy, active lifestyle; reducing reliance on cars for shorter journeys; and also in terms of using Greenways for tourism.”|
|Comments: “Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the promotion of cycling.Alliance has been a vocal advocate of promoting cycling and believe that there are considerable environmental and health benefits to enabling people to undertake short journeys by bike.
“Chris Lyttle MLA has been particularly active as Chair of the All Party Assembly Group on Cycling in taking our concerns forward. In addition, there are enthusiastic cyclers and supporters of Sustrans NI in our local Causeway Alliance Association.
“As someone who worked in the Health Service for 30 years, I am committed to a holistic approach to health promotion which includes appropriate and regular exercise.
“Alliance MLAs will therefore support the implementation of the cycling strategy and a wide range of enhanced cycling provision, including:
“We will proactively work with others to make the above promises a reality.”
|Comments: “In answer to your three questions I would be a big yes. I am very supportive of investment in our cycling revolution. In fact as a Councillor I have been supportive of seeing the development of a Limavady-Dungiven greenway. I hope we can see the further investment that is required for this area as it has a huge benefit for Northern Ireland.”|
“I have been a cyclist since my early 20s and I fully support evidence-based measures to improve access to and safety of cycling in Northern Ireland. Cycling and other forms of sustainable transport are good for individuals and communities and the Green Party is committed to investing in promoting them.
|Cathal Ó hOisín||Sinn Féin||YES||YES||YES|
|Comments: “I believe there should be greater investment in cycling provision including widening the cycle to work scheme, creation of greenways particularly along disused railway tracks and cycle lanes being incorporated in design and build road schemes.”|
|Comments: “It’s time to pedal forward! Opting to walk or cycle has huge benefits, for our people’s health and well-being. Research also shows it has immense benefits to our environment, and economy. I fully support investment in cycling and fully support the development of traffic-free greenways across the country, this will be a strong boost to tourism, and the health of our nation!”|
|Comments: “Cycling in Northern Ireland and specifically in my constituency has become very popular. A number of cycling clubs in the area have grown significantly, which is fantastic for community cohesion and health and well-being.
“Reflecting on the benefits of cycling as well as it’s popularity amongst my constituents, I am more than happy to support Northern Ireland’s Bicycle strategy and the three policy objectives outlined above should I get elected in May.”
DUP – Democratic Unionist Party
PUP – Progressive Unionist Party
SDLP – Social Democratic and Labour Party
TUV – Traditional Unionist Voice
UKIP – United Kingdom Independence Party
UUP – Ulster Unionist Party
If you’re a candidate and would like to share your views on our questions to make Northern Ireland a better place for cycling, then we want to hear from you. Please email us at email@example.com and we’ll update this page as soon as possible.
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