Sustrans has responded to a consultation by the Department for Infrastructure on its trial on private hire taxis in bus lanes in Belfast. We issued an organisation response as well as a joint response working with Cycling UK and campaign group Bikefast. You can read the responses in the table below. We have also been working to influence the Belfast Bicycle Network Plan which is being consulted on by the Department for Infrastructure. You can read the proposals and our response in the table below.
We are currently compiling the next Belfast Bike Life report which will be published in November 2017. This provides useful data on the state of cycling in the city which is one of seven cities taking part across the UK. You can read the 2015 Belfast Bike Life report.
Westminster General Election 2017
Sustrans has written to all sitting MPs and political parties in Northern Ireland asking for the following three manifesto commitments:
- A commitment to a new Clean Air Act.
- A commitment to invest at least £10 per head of population in both urban cycling and walking networks, and rural traffic-free greenways.
- A commitment to ensure that all school-children can walk or cycle to school safely.
There are some variations across the UK in our demands from Westminister politicians. You can read more in our General Election blog
Northern Ireland Assembly
Our overall policy work is to ensure the Northern Ireland Assembly delivers policies and projects that make it easier for more people to walk and cycle. We want to see safe routes to schools, safer joined-up cycle networks and better planning to encourage more people to travel actively.
Sustrans Manifesto for Northern Ireland Assembly
Our Manifesto for Northern Ireland was produced ahead of the 2016 election and then shared again at the March 2017 snap election. It is wide-ranging but includes four key proposals:
Children and Young People - Support the expansion of the Active School Travel Programme by including on-road cycle training for all P6 pupils, provision of safe routes to schools and on-site cycle parking.
Urban infrastructure - Address cycling safety concerns by investing in joined-up urban cycling networks, segregated cycle lanes and secure cycle parking provision.
Rural network - Support rural regeneration by the development of the National Cycle Network, including traffic-free Greenways.
Planning the future - Introduce an Active Travel Bill, similar to Wales, which would ensure provision for pedestrians and cyclists in land-use planning and new developments.
Policy and influencing in Northern Ireland
We attend the All-Party Cycling Group at Stormont and give evidence at the Stormont committee which scrutinises the Department for Infrastructure's work.
We also work closely with the Public Health Agency, Department for Infrastructure and local authorities on key projects such as the Active School Travel Programme, the Leading the Way Programme to promote walking, cycling and public transport in workplaces, and a new Community Active Travel Programme.