Upper Bann Election Cycle 2017

When you go to vote on Thursday 2nd March 2017 in Upper Bann cycling might not be your top priority, but where candidates stand might have a bearing on where you place your preferences. We contacted all of the candidates standing for election to the Northern Ireland Assembly – below you can see if they responded and what they think of our ask:

Will you commit to invest at least £10 per head of population on cycling measures and pledge to support and build upon the urban and rural cycling strategies launched since August 2015?

Doug Beattie (UUP)

“Well nothing has changed for me from last year so you have my full support.”

Jonathan Buckley (DUP)

No response so far.

Colin Craig (Workers Party)

“We are delighted to be able to support the three initiatives you propose and agree that their full implementation can make a significant difference to health, the environment and the economy.

“As Workers Party candidates we are fully committed to a safer, healthier environment, a healthier population and to alternative forms of travel and leisure opportunities.

“The ‘Investment, Greenways and Legislation’ strategy will require not just the commitment of individual candidates but inclusion in the next Programme for Government and a public commitment to joined up implementation across a number of Executive departments and a robust and innovative approach to funding and development

“We are happy to give a commitment that we would work towards those ends.”

Jo-Anne Dobson (UUP)

I remain supportive of your aims of increasing investment into cycling. Please accept my continued support.

Tara Doyle (Alliance)

“I will be committed to all three of your pledges.”

Roy Ferguson (TUV)

No response so far.

Dolores Kelly (SDLP)

“Yes you have my commitment to support.”

Simon Lee (Green)

“Absolutely, in our manifesto we commit to spend much more than £10 per head. I am fully committed to increasing spending on cycling infrastructure.”

Carla Lockhart (DUP)

No response so far.

Ian Nickels (Conservatives)

No response so far.

John O’Dowd (Sinn Féin)

“I can confirm that Sinn Féin supports your 3 key asks as detailed below:

  • Investment: Sinn Féin supports funding for cycling of at least £10 per head of population, so as to encourage safer cycling conditions and see more people start cycling
  • Greenways: Sinn Féin supports the Greenways Strategy and the development of traffic-free greenways across the country to boost rural regeneration and tourism.
  • Legislation: Sinn Féin supports the introduction of an Active Travel Act to incorporate cycling and walking provision into land-use planning and new developments.

“Post-election I look forward to continuing to work with you and your colleagues as we seek to emphasise the health and social benefits of cycling.”

Nuala Toman (Sinn Féin)

“We support your investment proposals.”

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