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Colette Leeson, a civil servant who lives and works in Belfast and has a car-free lifestyle, with husband Don Leeson

Colette Leeson, a civil servant who lives and works in Belfast and has a car-free lifestyle, with husband Don Leeson

Colette Leeson, a civil servant who lives and works in Belfast and has a car-free lifestyle, with husband Don Leeson

Belfast residents want their city to have fewer cars and become more cycle-friendly, according to the latest Bike Life report today.

Over half of residents (58%) want more investment in cycling, as opposed to 35% for driving.

Currently there are just two miles of protected cycle-lanes in Belfast.

77% of residents think more cycle tracks along roads physically separated from traffic and pedestrians would help them to cycle more.

The Bike Life survey, the biggest assessment of cycling in urban areas in the UK and Ireland, is produced by sustainable transport charity Sustrans in partnership with city authorities.

The information in the report comes from local cycling data, modelling and a representative survey of more than 1,400 Belfast residents, whether they cycled or not.

According to the survey, 65% of residents think fewer motor vehicles on their streets would help them cycle more and 60% of residents agree that more cycling would make Belfast a better place to live and work. Almost half of residents cited concerns about safety as the main reason why they don't cycle or cycle less often.

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