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Parker in Lisburn Road cycle lanes call

2 March, 2009

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has written to Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy MP to call for provision to be made for cycle lanes on the Lisburn Road.

Mr Parker said,

"There are many health, environmental and financial benefits to cycling, especially on the journey to and from work. This is particularly true given the current economic climate and the instability of the price of fossil fuels.

"The Lisburn Road is one of Belfast's main arterial routes and suffers heavily from traffic congestion and pollution from exhaust emissions. The high level of traffic on this road puts many people off cycling in this area, and when they do cycle they often opt to cycle of the footpaths for safety reasons. This, however, causes problems for pedestrians

"Minister Conor Murphy has already stated that he is committed to improving the cycle infrastructure in the North in order to encourage more people to travel by bike. I have, thereofore, written to him to ask him to ensure that his Department gives consideration to providing cycle lanes on the Lisburn Road". CRÍOCH

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