Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

DRD should give the green light to cyclists

After the charade of a public consultation it appears certain DRD Minister Attwood will bow to taxi companies' demand for taxis to be allowed in Belfast bus lanes.

Buses and trains, despite investment, struggle to offer an alternative to commuting by car.

Allowing taxis to use bus lanes will reduce the advantage buses enjoy over cars.

As a committed cyclist I will continue to use bus lanes where possible. However, it will be more difficult to entice others to try cycling if they find themselves sharing space with motor traffic.

To relieve rush-hour congestion DRD should encourage active travel and make buses and trains a viable option. In marked contrast to cycling the share of commuters who use taxis has dwindled.

Perhaps taxi companies hope to boost their profit by being allowed to avoid congestion.

Borghert Jan Borghmans

Edenderry

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