Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1073)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

1073. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of cycling officers in each local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12906/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

In line with the objectives of the National Cycle Policy Framework my Department works closely with local authorities in relation to relevant matters, particularly in relation to cycling promotional activities such as Bike Week.

In that regard my Department works with designated officials in all 31 local authorities in co-ordinating activities and allocating funding to support the work of the local authorities in promoting Bike Week and that work is currently underway in relation to Bike Week 2019.

My Department is also exploring opportunities to bring together designated local authority officials as part of Velo City 2019, a major international cycling conference to be hosted in June by Dublin City Council with support from my Department, in order to explore international best practice examples in the area of cycling promotion and infrastructure provision.

The formal designation and/or employment of officials within local authorities is a matter for each individual local authority as the responsible employer; however, as the Deputy can see there is a network of officials across all local authorities who work with my Department on relevant matters.

Question No. 1074 answered with Question No. 1059.