AQW 25690/11-15

Mr Peter Weir
Democratic Unionist Party
North Down

Tabled Date: 13/09/2013
Answered On Date: 25/09/2013
Priority Written: No

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the plans she has to cycle-proof new transport policies.

My Department’s new Approach to Regional Transportation includes a policy fit assessment on future transport interventions which will identify those transport schemes which will best achieve the strategic objectives of the Northern Ireland Executive. The assessment process includes consideration of sustainable modes of travel, including cycling.
In addition I have recently decided to create a dedicated cycling unit within my Department. This unit will work closely with other government departments and key stakeholders to ensure cycling policies are effective and co-ordinated.
My Department will also continue to encourage the promotion of cycling and active travel solutions through the Active Travel Strategy and its subsequent Action Plan.