Date: 05 Oct 2022
‘The Bike Yard’, a new, free, secure public cycle parking facility has opened in Belfast, thanks to a partnership between Belfast City Council and CastleCourt Shopping Centre, and funding from the Department for Infrastructure.
The Bike Yard can be accessed via the pedestrian access to CastleCourt Carpark from Gresham Street and Smithfield Market and will be open from 7am-7pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday - Saturday, 7am-10pm on Thursday and 12-7pm on Sunday.
The facility can house 24 bikes and offers all-day on site security. Located within reach of City Hall, the new Ulster University campus, and the site of Belfast Stories, set to become a world-class visitor destination, it’s in the heart of the city centre and accessible to all.
Belfast Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Michelle Kelly explains: “Opening the Bike Yard in partnership with CastleCourt is part of our Bolder Vision - an ambitious blueprint to create a more attractive, accessible, safer and more vibrant city.
“We’re passionate about promoting wellbeing for all, prioritising walking, cycling and public transport, creating lively, safe and green streets and removing barriers to movement between the city centre and surrounding communities. Providing secure cycle parking is another small, but important step to encouraging people to move away from relying on their cars to get around.
“The Bike Yard will benefit people working and studying in Belfast – as well as those visiting the city. Along with our Active Travel Hub which we’re opening later this week at Cathedral Gardens, we hope to see more and more people choosing to cycle around the city – safe in the knowledge that their bike is secure while they work, study, or take some time out.”
Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd said: “I am delighted to see the opening of the Bike Yard, a great, free cycle parking facility that my Department has funded. This will increase the opportunities for cycling to and from this city centre location and it supports my commitment to addressing the climate emergency and will also make a positive difference to wellbeing in people’s lives.”
Leona Barr, Centre Manager at CastleCourt Shopping Centre added: "With more people coming into the city on a daily basis, we're proud to be part of the solution to allow for more sustainable travel with Belfast City Council. The Bike Yard at CastleCourt will be free of charge, and is housed beside the car park office, giving cyclists that extra peace of mind."
For more information, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/activetravel