Published: 8th JANUARY 2020

Policy and influencing in Northern Ireland

We are working in Northern Ireland to ensure local authorities deliver policies and projects that enable more people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

Cars and cyclist riding along ideal bike lane width with annotation

Northern Ireland's Environment Strategy 

Northern Ireland is consulting on its first-ever Environment Strategy, with the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) seeking views from a wide range of stakeholders. Read the full Environment Strategy consultation and our response.

Public transport issues

We objected to the Department for Infrastructure's latest consultation on a trial for all private hire taxis in bus lanes.

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.

Belfast Bicycle Network Plan

We have also been working to influence the Belfast Bicycle Network Plan, which is being consulted on by the Department for Infrastructure. 

Bike Life Belfast

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.

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.

Did you know you can contact your local Assembly Member about sustainable transport issues?

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