Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
567. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the implementation of the national cycle policy framework; the steps and timeframe for its full implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9639/19]
As the Deputy may be aware, my Department has committed to undertake a review of public transport policy “to ensure services are sustainable into the future and are meeting the needs of a modern economy”. This is line with a commitment given in the Programme for a Partnership Government.
This review is a significant and substantial resource commitment and my Department has commenced and substantially completed the research and analysis required to inform the proposed period of public consultation which I expect to launch in the near future.
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 2009-2020. As part of the overall review therefore, analysis of the National Cycling Policy Framework , its implementation and impact is being conducted and will be published as part of the overall review.
Last year, as part of this review I hosted a Public Transport Stakeholder Forum 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.
As stated, I expect to initiate a public consultation process in the coming months and I look forward to engaging with the public on this important work.