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Plan for 130km Belfast bicycle network unveiled

Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard MLA has announced a public consultation on a draft Belfast Bicycle Network.

The proposals outline the potential for around 130 kilometres of "convenient, comfortable, continuous and coherent" bicycle routes for the city.

Under these proposals, two thirds of all Belfast residents will be within 400 metres of a bicycle route.

Minister Hazzard said: “I have given the strongest commitment to active travel, and this consultation on a Bicycle Network for Belfast shows that I mean to follow up on that commitment.  A walk through Belfast city centre at any time of the day is a clear indicator that people want to travel more actively and, literally, get on their bikes.  I want to see that enthusiasm for cycling developed further throughout the city so that everyone will have the freedom and confidence to use the bicycle for everyday journeys.

“One of my key priorities outlined in the Programme for Government is to help transform how we travel by increasing the number of people walking, cycling and using public transport.  Active travel and public transport help to civilise our villages, towns and cities and enhance the region as a place where people want to live and work, to visit and invest.  The implementation of a bicycle network is an important step in delivering that in Belfast.”

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