AQW 25542/11-15

Mr Daithí McKay
Sinn Féin
North Antrim

Tabled Date: 11/09/2013
Answered On Date: 27/09/2013
Priority Written: No

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the capital work schemes aimed at increasing (i) pedestrian; and (ii) cyclist travel in each of the (a) last; and (b) next five years.

My Department is committed to providing safer roads for the growing number of vulnerable road users, including cyclists and pedestrians, by utilising a range of measures. Such measures include: road safety engineering, education, traffic calming, and enhancement of the pedestrian and cycling network. 
It would be impractical to list all the capital works schemes completed over the past five years, however, details of all the transportation and minor works schemes, aimed at improving safety for these vulnerable users, which have been carried out in each of the Council areas can be found in the ‘Roads Service reports to Councils’ page on the DRD website,
In respect of investment over the next five years, detailed budgets have yet to be determined for future years and as such, details of the specific programmes of works have not been finalised. I can confirm, however, that cycling and pedestrian schemes will continue to be identified and it is my intention to continue to invest in and improve the infrastructure as far as available resources permit.
As the Member will be aware, I have recently instructed officials in my Department to give increased and focussed priority to the needs of cyclists, to encourage greater participation in this healthy and sustainable form of transport. I have also asked for a new cycling unit to be established, to ensure the effective progress of a range of cycling initiatives.