Belfast Telegraph

Cyclist dies after lorry collision

A cyclist has been killed in a collision with a lorry in Belfast.

A woman, aged in her 30s, was taken to hospital with head injuries but was later pronounced dead.

The accident happened on the Newtownards Road on Wednesday morning.

SDLP Assembly member Conall McDevitt said her death highlighted how dangerous cycling can be.

"This is the second tragic death this summer of a cyclist on our roads in Belfast and it highlights the need to make our roads safer for all road users and highlights the need for the executive to give better provision for cyclists," he added.

"It remains a fact that the previous Minister for Regional Development cut the cycling budget by 98% to a derisory £5,000.

"It's now time the executive signalled its support for all road users."

A Department for Regional Development spokeswoman said: "In the 10-year period including this financial year, the department will have invested almost £9 million in the provision of 225km of cycle lanes.

"This year Roads Service will invest £490,000 across Northern Ireland in the provision of cycling measures and last year as a result of in-year adjustment the budget increased to £91,000 for cycling measures in the Greater Belfast Area.

"The proposals for the Belfast Traffic Masterplan also increase the priority for cyclists, pedestrians and public transport. The plans will provide an additional 2.6km of new bus lanes which will also accommodate cyclists and taxis, 1km of new dedicated cycle lanes and 20 new controlled pedestrian crossing points."

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