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Written Answers - National Cycle Policy

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 554.  Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams  asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport as part of Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  the National Cycle Policy, the steps he has taken to further investment in cycling infrastructure here; the individual projects that have been furthered since he took office; his plans for further development in the time ahead; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24266/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly): Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly The Government set out its commitment to invest in the National Cycle Policy Framework in the Programme for Government. This Policy Framework outlines a wide programme of actions, including investment in cycling infrastructure and softer measures to promote cycling.

The Government has agreed a 5 year multiannual budget of €65 million for sustainable transport — cycling, walking and public transport. Funds of €36 million have been earmarked for local authorities under Smarter Travel Areas and Active Travel Towns programmes. Investment in cycling infrastructure will be key elements of each of these programmes. Furthermore, funding of €9 million has been earmarked specifically for cycling infrastructure under a programme to invest in the National Cycle Network.

Since I have taken office my Department has allocated over €6.2m to local authorities for cycling infrastructure, such as cycle lanes, bike parking and cycle greenways.

Projects which have been completed since I have taken office include the Grand Canal Cycle Way in Dublin, the extension of the Great Western Greenway to form a continuous off road route from Achill to Westport and a range of smaller scale projects including new cycle lanes in towns around the country.

In addition to capital investment my Department continues to fund programmes to support and promote cycling, including the annual Bike Week, the travel component of the Green Schools programme and the Smarter Travel Workplaces initiative.

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