Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Questions (71, 72)

Arthur Morgan

Question:

90 Mr. Morgan asked the Minister for Transport the way he will encourage and promote cycling. [12590/07]

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Seán Crowe

Question:

112 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Transport the details of Government policy in relation to facilitating cyclists in Dublin City. [12586/07]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 90 and 112 together.

While the provision of cycle ways and cycle parking is, in the first instance, a matter for local authorities, my Department provides funding to the local authorities for the development of such facilities, either as part of QBN programmes or as specific cycling projects. For example, the investment to date has resulted in some 300kms of cycle facilities being provided, as well as cycle parking facilities throughout the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).

The main policy measures to encourage and promote cycling are set out in the regional transport strategy for the GDA, A Platform for Change. The policy measures outlined in A Platform for Change are being further developed through the Dublin Transportation Office (DTO) Cycle Policy Working Group and the local authorities under the active support of the DTO.

I am satisfied that the arrangements outlined above are a substantive approach to the provision of cycle facilities and to the promotion and encouragement of cycling.