Chris Lyttle MLA said: “Chris Froome’s victory in the Tour de France was a magnificent achievement. I hope that his accomplishment will result in an increase in participation in cycling.
“We have recently seen a surge in interest in cycling following the achievements of Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and local rider Martyn Irvine. However, there has been a slow response from the Executive to improve the cycle network and to make cycling safer.
“The Executive must make serious improvements to the current infrastructure and help change attitudes towards cycling.
“As we look to encourage the public to get out of their cars and to take up other forms of transport, we should be doing all that is possible to make cycling easier and safer.
“I hope that the new Assembly Group on Cycling will act as a forum where all the relevant agencies can come together to help deliver better results for cyclists.”