We have just objected to the Department for Infrastructure's latest consultation on a trial for all private hire taxis in bus lanes. See response below.
Earlier this year in January we responded to a consultation by the Department for Infrastructure on the operating hours of the bus lanes for the forthcoming Belfast Rapid Transit system, or Glider. We support the 12 hour operating times for bus lanes to ensure the new public transport system is efficient. We are opposed to all private taxis being allowed to use bus lanes. Our argument is set out 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.
Sustrans published the Belfast Bike Life report in November 2017 which showed overwhelming support from the public for protected cycle lanes to encourage more people to cycle. The report provides useful data on the state of cycling in Belfast which is one of seven cities taking part across the UK. We also more recently published a report on the Gender Gap on cycling which shows men outnumber women cycling Belfast by nearly 3 to 1
Bike Life Belfast
Sustrans calls for safe routes to schools in Northern Ireland
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. We are keen to see the Assembly get back up and running and are concerned that it has not sat for over a year.