Lyttle welcomes cycling report

Alliance Chair of the Assembly Group on Cycling, Chris Lyttle MLA, has welcomed the launch of a report saying over three-quarters of people want to see more investment in bike use.

Speaking after the unveiling of the Belfast Bike Life report, which is the biggest survey seen in the UK on attitudes to cycling, East Belfast MLA Mr Lyttle said it was the latest positive move promoting the activity.

It showed 78 per cent of local people want more to be spent by the Government on cycling, with 79 per cent of the public saying they want improved safety and nearly half the people surveyed living in a household with at least one adult bike.

“Alliance has long campaigned for greater investment in sustainable forms of transport such as cycling,” said Mr Lyttle.

“It has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly following the Giro d’Italia and Gran Fondo events, and the launch of the Belfast bike hire scheme. Today’s launch is the latest boost to cycling and will encourage those who wish to take the activity up.

“The survey is a result of good work carried out by Sustrans and the Department for Regional Development (DRD)’s cycling unit, and praise goes to them for that.

“Now the Executive once again has a DRD Minister, it is essential she gets down to work quickly on this important issue, and makes moves to help further increase the prevalence of cycling in society.”

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