Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Cycling Facilities Provision
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility to secure or provide cycling infrastructure in relation to cycling facilities and schemes to promote cycling.
Since 2013 each of the five major cities has developed and published cycle network plans and the NTA has worked with relevant local authorities in the development of those plans, which included audits of prior existing infrastructure and since publication provision of funding in relation to new infrastructure.
Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.
Segregated cycle tracks were also funded by my Department as part of the Smarter Travel Areas programme 2012 to 2016 and a detailed ex postevaluation of that programme will be published in the coming weeks.
Separately, segregated infrastructure in the form of greenways, which are segregated from vehicular traffic but typically shared between both modes of active travel, have been funded by my Department, while my Department also funded the Active Travel Towns programme for smaller towns. Data in relation to these programmes will be compiled by my Department and forwarded to the Deputy in line with revised Standing Orders.
The Deputy will also be aware that there are other schemes under which cycling infrastructure has been, or can be, developed which are not within my Department's remit.