Departments and councils “need to work together to facilitate cycling culture” – Newry MLA

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Monday, May 18th, 2020

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has welcomed the legislation to de-regulate E-bikes this week.


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However, she has stressed the need for the Department for Infrastructure to work collaboratively with councils, as well as communities and other departments, to facilitate cycling in the north.


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The Newry and Armagh MLA told Newry Times, “I welcome the legislation to deregulate E-bikes, which will make cycling more accessible for those who feel discouraged by traditional bikes.

“I also think E-bikes could help make cycling more of an option for journeys in rural areas, where people may have to cycle longer and deal with more hills.



“A recent survey found that Newry, Mourne and Down council had the lowest cycle to work rates in the north.

“Although this is partly due to people having longer commutes, there is potential for people with short journeys to adopt cycling as part of their routine.



“We need to realise the benefits of embracing a cycling culture and to do this we need to have the right infrastructure in place to encourage cycling throughout the north.

“This includes cycle lanes but also facilities such as safe and secure cycle parking which is needed in town centres at convenient spots.

“It’s important that the Minister works with councils and communities, as well as with other departments to really move this forward.



Kimmins added, “There is a real window of opportunity right now to facilitate greener and healthier ways to travel, let’s not let this go to waste.”


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