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Lord Mayor welcomes ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes for Belfast as Bike Week gets into gear

Date: 08 Jun 2020

As Bike Week gets into gear, Belfast Lord Mayor, Alderman Frank McCoubrey has welcomed the announcement of new ‘pop up’ cycle lanes for the city.

As Bike Week gets into gear, Belfast Lord Mayor, Alderman Frank McCoubrey has welcomed the announcement of new ‘pop up’ cycle lanes for the city.

This is part of Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon’s ongoing drive to deliver sustainable infrastructure. Pilot schemes to widen footways and pedestrianise streets have already commenced in Belfast and following a meeting with Belfast City Council, the Minister has unveiled further plans for the city.  

Belfast Lord Mayor, Alderman Frank McCoubrey said: “We’ve been working with both the Department for Infrastructure and the Department for Communities to look at how we reimagine our city centre with a focus on moving to a greener, walkable and more connected core.  Connecting communities to our city centre via sustainable forms of transport is key to our joint vision for the city.  Improving the cycling infrastructure will make it easier for people to opt for sustainable modes of transport thereby helping to tackle things like climate change, improve air quality, and improve the health and wellbeing of those in our city – all things which make for a more sustainable, resilient future.”

Minister Mallon said: “The Covid crisis has brought unprecedented challenges and has fundamentally changed the way we live.  However, there is no doubt that it has also created an opportunity for us all to take a closer look at how we travel and consider how we can do things better moving forward. 

“I am committed to working towards reimagining and reshaping our spaces to accommodate cycling, walking and active travel as part of an ambitious Executive recovery plan. This is a real opportunity to build a better future that delivers more for our citizens, socially and economically, delivering cleaner, greener and healthier communities. We must seize it.

“Arrangements are being put in place over the next two weeks for a number of pop-up cycle lanes in Belfast.  The new lanes are located on the Dublin Road and Grosvenor Road.  There will also be improvements to cycle lanes on Crumlin Road and the Oldpark Road. These are designed to improve access into the city centre and also to help key workers to continue to cycle to and from work, especially those who work in our hospitals.  Initially these will be put in place on a trial basis with improvements to the segregation made over the following weeks.

The Minister continued:  “Collaboration is the key to building lasting, meaningful change and I am keen to continue to work with Belfast City Council to drive a green recovery that will benefit all of our citizens. There’s a lot to do to transform our places and shape them for the better. Place shaping is never without its challenges – but I’m up for that challenge. I would urge all to work with me and my department, as we seek to seize our chance for change.”

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