As the Deputy may be aware I have secured significant improved funding allocations over the period 2018-2021 which will benefit both walkers and cyclists.
These improved allocations over this period include:
- €110 million specifically dedicated to walking and cycling infrastructure in our major urban areas;
- €135 million for sustainable urban transport measures;
- €750 million towards the BusConnects programme in Dublin which will include the delivery of around 200 kilometres of segregated cycling lanes, where possible; and
- €53 million to support the development of new Greenways.
In addition to the above, Government has also made additional money available for cycling projects through both the Urban and Rural Regeneration and Development Funds under Project Ireland 2040.
The impact of this improved funding is evidenced by the approximate 30% increase that is being provided in 2019 under my Department's ‘cycling and walking’ and ‘sustainable urban transport’ programmes as compared to 2018's expenditure.
In relation to the implementation of cycle network plans across our major cities, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure, including cycling infrastructure. I have therefore referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.