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Showing posts with label Cycling. Show all posts

Monday, 8 December 2014

The 2014 Fréd Awards - Friday 12 December, 1pm - 2pm at PLACE

PLACE will host the 2014 Fréd Awards, organised by The Fréd CC and NI Greenways, on Friday 12 December, 1pm - 2pm. The awards are awarded to those who put significant effort into campaigning and working to build a better cycling culture for everyone. The awards are voted for by the cycling public in an open vote (voting has now closed).

The awards event is free to attend and open to everyone, though booking is essential due to venue capacity.To register your attendance please click here. Tea and coffee provided.




Date: Friday 12 December
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: PLACE, 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast

Monday, 3 November 2014

Draft NI Bicycle Strategy Workshop / Consultation Event - Tuesday 4 November, 10am - 2pm

In November 2013 DRD Minister Danny Kennedy announced the establishment of a Cycling Unit to ensure that cycling provision is a key element in both transport strategy and delivery and to develop and promote the bicycle as an everyday mode of transport for everyone in Northern Ireland.


A draft Bicycle Strategy, spanning a 25 year horizon, has been developed to help make Northern Ireland a cycling society. As part of the consultation process, which is open until Friday 21st November, a workshop / consultation event is taking place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Gasworks, Belfast on Tuesday 4th November, 10am - 2pm. It is a drop in type of event open to everyone to attend at any time between 10am and 2pm.

The following organisations will have stands at the event:.
  • PSNI - Security
  • DoE - Road Safety
  • Translink - Cycling in Harmony
  • Sustrans - Cycling proficiency taster (child and adult)
  • Road Hauliers Association - provision of an HGV for a practical demonstration on the day
  • Belfast City Council - Bike hire scheme
  • DRD’s Cycling Unit and Travelwise

A key element of the strategy is a commitment to work with other Government Departments, District Councils, the voluntary and private sectors and other interested parties to ensure that the Strategy is fully and optimally implemented.

A copy of the draft Cycling Strategy can be downloaded from the Department's website.

Printed copies are available on request by emailing: [email protected] or by phone on 028 9054 0179.

Monday, 6 October 2014

NI Changing Gear - Thursday 16 October, 9am - 4.30pm

The Department for Regional Development's Cycling Unit invite you to 'NI Changing Gear'. This one day event will feature international speakers exploring possibilities to transform Northern Ireland into a modern, vibrant, healthy cycling society. The opening address will be delivered by DRD Minister Danny Kennedy.

'Changing Gear' seeks to raise awareness of and encourage participation with the consultation process for the draft Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland.


NI Changing Gear

Date: Thursday 16 October
Time: 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: Assembly Buildings Conference Centre, The Spires, 2 - 10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast



Friday, 31 May 2013

Bike Week: Cycling Policy Events | Wed 19 June, Derry~Londonderry & Belfast


Politically Painless Active Travel is a series of two events in Derry~Londonderry and Belfast on Wednesday 19 June, during Bike Week 2013. The events will explore the steps to get more people cycling and walking in Northern Ireland. The events are being organised by CTC, Sustrans, Travelwise and Derry City Council.


Image Credit: David Bunting (Images NI)

Registration is free and both events are open to the public.

Click here to register on the CTC website.


Monday, 17 September 2012

Belfast Bike Hire Scheme Lunch Briefing | Tues 25 Sept 1.10 - 1.35pm


The Belfast Bike Hire Scheme represents a £700k investment by 2015. Belfast City Council were awarded funding in August 2012 to take forward the project and provide 300 bikes and 30 docking stations. 

On Tuesday 25th September 2012 between 1.10pm and 1.35pm Anne Doherty from Belfast City Council will present the background to the hire scheme bid and the plans to be operational by 2015. There will also be a 10 minute Q&A session.

The Belfast Bike Hire scheme will attempt to
replicate the success of the Dublin scheme.

Date: Tuesday 25th September
Time: 1.10 - 1.35pm
Location: PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast
Book: Click Here (free but limited seating)


This event is organised by the Belfast Cycle City Campaign and Belfast Friends of the Earth in association with PLACE.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Event 20th June: "The Danish Experience: What's in it for us?"

The CTC, the UK National Cyclist's Organisation, are hosting the Danish Cycling Embassy in Belfast. They hold a public meeting in The MAC on 20th June at 18.15, chaired by Conall McDevitt MLA. Click the flyer below for more details.

All queries should go directly to the CTC: contact info.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Connecting Places Mini Series: Bicycling Belfast: Part 4: Beyond Commuting - Active Travel and Local Economies

In this series, Connecting Places, we explore the spaces, places and sustainable transport systems in Belfast and beyond, with an aim to generate critical debate on the design of our towns and cities.
Series curated by Aaron Coulter 

For previous posts from this series click here


Part 4: Beyond Commuting - Active Travel and Local Economies



Active Travel and Local Economies
(Credit: Aaron Coulter)
Naturally, a lot of focus throughout this week has been placed on bicycle access to Belfast City Centre. One reason for this is the fact that most of the statistical information gathered regards commuting and 19.5% of all trips taken in Northern Ireland, by all modes, are to get to work (TSNI, P23, 2008-2010).


However, a significant percentage of journeys are also made for shopping (20.1%) and Leisure (22.5%) (TSNI, P23, 2008-2010). Tackling these trips, as well as the more obvious commuting trips, could be a highly beneficial strategy for our ailing local centres in Belfast.


In this penultimate post of Bicycling Belfast, we will investigate the potential regenerative effect of improving levels of access for both the bicycle and pedestrian to our local centres.


Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Connecting Places Mini Series: Bicycling Belfast: Part 3: Belfast - a bicycle city in the making?

In this series, Connecting Places, we explore the spaces, places and sustainable transport systems in Belfast and beyond, with an aim to generate critical debate on the design of our towns and cities.
Series curated by Aaron Coulter 

For previous posts from this series click here

Part 3: Belfast - A cycling city in the making?
‘Belfast is a city for cyclists; it has all the advantages of cycling in Amsterdam but without the swarms of other bicycles. This Victorian city, steeped in culture and industrial heritage, is just waiting to be discovered by bike.' 
Source: Go to Belfast 

In part 3 of Bicycling Belfast we will be investigating the city’s current cycling infrastructure to find out how close to reality this statement is. Is Belfast really a city for cyclists, or is the comparison to Amsterdam just a bit too far fetched?

Belfast - a city for cyclists?
(Credit: Aaron Coulter)

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Connecting Places Mini Series: Bicycling Belfast: Part 2: An International Perspective

In this series, Connecting Places, we explore the spaces, places and sustainable transport systems in Belfast and beyond, with an aim to generate critical debate on the design of our towns and cities.
Series curated by Aaron Coulter

For previous posts from this series click here 

Part 2: An International Perspective

Broadly speaking, cycling cities can be split into two categories - ‘traditional’ cycling cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam and then those who have recently taken up the challenge to improve cycling conditions such as New York, London and Dublin (among many others). In this article we will be asking ‘What can Belfast learn from these cities?’

Copenhagen
(Credit: Blue Granola)

Monday, 27 February 2012

Connecting Places Mini Series: Bicycling Belfast: Part 1: Debunking the Myth

In this series, Connecting Places, we explore the spaces, places and sustainable transport systems in Belfast and beyond, with an aim to generate critical debate on the design of our towns and cities.
Series curated by Aaron Coulter

For background info on Bicycling Belfast click here.

Part 1: Debunking the Myth
“As a result of varying levels of congestion, topography and land-use, a blanket citywide approach to providing a cycle network is unlikely to be appropriate in Belfast.” 
Bicycling Belfast
(Credit: Aaron Coulter)
In a country where 65% of all trips taken are under 5 miles in distance, and in a city where up to 70% of inhabitants in some inner city areas do not have access to a car, can we really say that cycling should have no significant future in Belfast? What if we take an more analytical approach to the somewhat subjective claims put forward by DRD? Does Belfast have what it takes to become a ‘cycling city’, or are there too many obstacles in the way? 


Friday, 24 February 2012

Connecting Places Mini Series: Bicycling Belfast

In this series, Connecting Places, we explore the spaces, places and sustainable transport systems in Belfast and beyond, with an aim to generate critical debate on the design of our towns and cities.
Series curated by Aaron Coulter

Bicycling Belfast: Prelude



Cycling accounts for 0.6% of trips in NI
(Credit: Aaron Coulter)


In recent years there has been a renewed interest from major cities throughout the world in diversifying transportation choices in an effort to reduce dependancy on the private car and improve quality of life for their citizens. These initiatives are often characterised with a rebalancing of capital expenditure priorities in order to accommodate higher levels of spending on more sustainable forms of transport, including walking, cycling, and public transit schemes.

However, despite over a decade of policy initiatives aimed at reducing car dependency in Northern Ireland, transport budgets here are still overwhelmingly in favour of the private car. In 2010 the then Minister for Regional Development, Conor Murphy, not only dedicated 62% of the overall transport budget to the car, a total of £250,000,000, but also cut Belfast’s cycling budget by 98% to £8,000 (Belfast Telegraph). Given this, it is unsurprising that Belfast is currently rated the 3rd most congested city in the United Kingdom and ranks within the top ten most congested cities in Europe.

It is in within this context, and as part of an ongoing process of generating debate on sustainable transport in Northern Ireland through the Connecting Places series, that throughout next week a mini series titled ‘Bicycling Belfast’ will investigate the potential of increasing cycling’s modal share in the city.

Join us next week on the PLACE blog and follow the conversation with Aaron on Twitter #bicyclingbelfast

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Save Dublin's Cycle Officer

It was announced last week that Dublin is set to lose its Cycling Officer, Ciaran Fallon. He is currently the only Cycling Officer in any of the City Councils in Ireland. This position played a key role in promoting cycling in the city, just recently voted 9th most bike friendly city in the world by Copenhagenize (Irish Times, September 2011). If the post is lost it will be a devastating blow for cycling in Dublin. But it could also set a trend for decision makers in Northern Ireland.

There's an online petition which can let you show your support for improving cycling in Dublin and beyond.


Full details via The Irish Times: http://tiny.cc/ap2hs

Online petition: http://tiny.cc/ysakq
Campaign Informaton: http://tiny.cc/2hp4h
Twitter: #dublincycling