Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (600)

Jan O'Sullivan


600. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is preparing a new national cycle policy framework in view of the fact that the current policy finishes in 2020; if there will be consultation with various interests in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29134/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy may be aware, in the coming weeks and in line with a Programme for a Partnership Government commitment, I will seek the public's views on public transport and active travel policy.  This review will allow all stakeholders to reflect on what has been achieved, what remains to be done and how our policy frameworks can support the realisation of a more sustainable transport system.

The review is premised on the concept of integrated and sustainable transport, in keeping with the objectives of Smarter Travel – A Sustainable Transport Future which formed the overarching policy backdrop to the development of the National Cycling Policy Framework. As part of the overall review therefore, analysis of the implementation status of the National Cycling Policy Framework's actions will be published as part of the overall review.

Last year, as part of this review I hosted a Round-Table Dialogue on Public Transport Policy in the Mansion House at which representatives from a broad spectrum of interest groups in the wider public and sustainable transport sector attended, including those representing cyclists.

I look forward to engagement by the general public and all stakeholders with the forthcoming consultation process as we look to review and refresh our policy frameworks in these important areas of public policy.