Belfast residents take up cycle training

UTV journalist Sarah Clarke gets training on new Belfast Bike
3 February 2015

You might see clusters of cyclists on Belfast city centre streets over the next two months and mistake them for sight-seeing tourists. They are in fact local residents taking part in on-road cycle training ahead of the new Belfast Public Bike Share Scheme which begins this Spring.

More than 100 cyclists have already signed up for our free on-road training sessions.

The accredited training aims to equip new or returning cyclists with the confidence and skills to hop on the new bikes as part of their daily commute or travel between destinations within the city.

The Bike Share Scheme will initially include 300 public bikes, and up to 30 bike docking stations in the city centre.

UTV presenter Sarah Clarke got on her bike for a taster session of cycle training using one of the new bicycles which are set to become a familiar sight on the city’s streets.

I haven’t cycled in years but I would love to try the new Belfast Bike Share Scheme

- Sarah Clarke,
UTV presenter
UTV presenter, Sarah Clarke, said:

"It is a quick and easy way to get about the city centre and it would be great to be able to cycle to work and avoid the traffic jams. I think many women cyclists are put off getting on the road because the traffic is busy, so the training has been great to improve my confidence and skills on the road."

Gordon Clarke, Director for Sustrans Northern Ireland said:

"This is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t been cycling recently or needs to improve their skills to get some free training and gain confidence cycling in the city centre in advance of joining the Scheme."

The training will take place in February and March, with the first sessions starting this Monday 9 February, ahead of the launch of the scheme.

The free training is open to anyone aged 14 years and older, and has been made possible by funding from Active Belfast and Belfast City Council.

Register now or for more information contact Sustrans Belfast Office on 028 9043 4569 or email [email protected].

Read more news stories about Sustrans' work in Northern Ireland.

Find out more about the cycle training on offer around the UK.