Cyclists in Belfast run into daily problems on our roads. Roads Service have invested in cycle-friendly infrastructure around the city, but a lack of focused parking enforcement means this investment is being wasted. Advisory cycle lanes are there to provide safe road space at rush hour to people using a bike as their main form of transport. However illegally parked cars are making these lanes redundant and causing greater danger of accidents and injury to all road users.
NI Greenways has partnered with researchers from the Centre of Excellence for Public Health at Queen's University to survey the current situation. We are calling for cyclists, and any other interested road user, to count illegally parked cars on their commuting route, morning and evening, from Monday 23rd July to Friday 27th July 2012. We hope to cover all major arterial roads in Belfast to provide a city-wide snapshot of the problem, and to inform the debate on cycling infrastructure development and parking enforcement.
Further details on the survey and how you can take part are available on the NI Greenways blog. Belfast is a small city which could be a great cycling city. If we truly want to increase the numbers of cycling commuters, fight obesity, reduce car traffic, congestion and make our roads safer, our community needs to work together. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference to Belfast.