Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
282. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the strategy statements from the cycling officer in each local authority will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44426/20]
The Deputy will be aware that each of our five cities has already developed cycle network strategies and these strategies form part of their overall metropolitan area transport strategies, and/or are revised as those metropolitan area transport strategies are developed.
I was particularly pleased to be able to announce recently a new €50m active travel allocation for 2021 for those local authorities outside of the five cities in order to support their work in the area of active travel infrastructure development and improvement. A key aspect of this activity in 2021 should be the development of active travel network strategies (in those areas where none currently exist) in order to guide the future investment planned in active travel over the coming years and I look forward to local authorities availing of that opportunity in the coming months.
Of course I also wish to see local authorities, in co-operation with the National Transport Authority, continuing to progress projects on the ground as well and I look forward to 2021 marking seeing progress in making a fundamental change in the nature of transport in Ireland.