Belfast City gears up for new £700,000 cycle route
The first of three £700,000 bicycle routes in Belfast will open in time for Easter.
The scheme links Alfred Street from Ormeau Avenue to Chichester Street.
Work is also imminent on the remaining two schemes.
When they are finally completed they will will link the shared foot and cycle way from Broadway to Castle Street.
Designs for another two schemes, which will link the east of the city to the city centre, are still being considered, taking account of comments from information days held as part of the consultation process.
Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen said the new route "is of a high quality and provides greater protection for everyone using the bicycle to make journeys across the city".
There have been some complaints about cars being parked on the stretch of the upgraded cycle path known as Bin Lane, as not enough bollards have been used to separate it from the roadway.
When completed, the five schemes proposed will form a continuous 2.5km route between the Westlink shared footway and cycleway and Titanic Quarter Station, which leads to the Ballymacarrett Walkway and the Comber Greenway.