30/03/2010

Cycle Racks Wheeled Into Belfast

Fifty new cycle racks are being installed throughout Belfast city centre as part of the £28million Belfast Streets Ahead project.

NI Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie helped launch the new cycle racks, along with sustainable transport charity Sustrans and DRD Roads Service.

The Minister said: "These new cycle racks provide further opportunities for people to use bicycles as their main means of transport around the city centre.

"Providing designated, convenient cycle racks is another part of the £28million pound regeneration for our capital city.
News Image
"I welcome my department’s funding of this project as it not only promotes a healthier lifestyle, but it also brings about sustainable benefits to a city centre that will gain from increased pedestrianised in the near future. Taking traffic out of the city centre will make for a safer, hassle free area for pedestrians and cyclists. The erection of new cycle racks will further promote this."

Steven Patterson, from Sustrans added: "Cycling is a great way to get around a city as it is quick and healthy and does not pollute the air with fumes and noise. Convenient cycle parking located outside shops is very important so traders can see the economic benefits that cyclists bring to a city.

"We commend DSD and their designers for consulting with users on where the cycle stands should be located."

(NS/BMcC)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 January 2022
Education Minister Urged To Introduce New School Starting Age Legislation
The Education Minister has been urged to introduce new legislation on school starting age, following a consultation that showed 90% of respondents supported the move. A consultation was held on proposal to allow parents to defer their children starting school.
12 January 2022
150 New Jobs To Be Created With Construction Of New Ballymena College
More than 150 new construction jobs are to be created during the construction of the new £45 million campus for Northern Regional College in Ballymena. Draperstown-based Heron Bros have been appointed to the scheme at Farm Lodge.
07 January 2022
Lurgan Street Lighting To Be Upgraded
Street lighting in Lurgan town centre is to be upgraded in a £125,000 scheme announced by infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon. The scheme, starting on Monday 10 January 2022, will involve the replacement of the existing lights with a new LED street lighting system.
28 March 2014
DSD To Spend Over £300,000 On Giro Route
Over £300,000 is to be spent on cleaning up the route to be used by the Giro d'Italia cycle race, coming to Northern Ireland for the first time between 09 – 11 May.
20 August 2021
Armagh City Official Contender For UK City Of Culture 2025
Armagh City is among the contenders to be named UK City of Culture 2025, competing against a record number of entrants.