CTC in Northern Ireland

Bridging Communities

Two cycle clubs were developed at the Macrory and Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church sites in Belfast that bridge the Duncairn interface area.
Belfast Interface Area Cycle Club

Clubs were developed at the Macrory and Fortwilliam sites because more and more young people were observed to be riding bikes in both areas. There was also a well-documented need to address health inequalities, not only to tackle physical inactivity, but also the community stress associated with anti-social behaviour and community division.

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Wheelchair Bikes come to Northern Ireland

CTC’s Chief Executive Gordon Seabright has just returned from a visit to Northern Ireland this week where he welcomed the introduction of the first wheelchair bike combos to Londonderry.
Kevin O'Donnell with his father at the launch of Bike-ability NI

Inclusive cycling in Derry/Londonderry has just been given a boost thanks to Bike-ability NI from Disability Action.

Officially launched at St Columb’s Park House in the city and funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA), the project will see Disability Action and Shopmobility Foyle working in partnership. 

East Belfast Mission

Name of project / organisation

East Belfast Mission

Type of organisation

Charity

Address / directions

Hillview Industrial Estate, Crumlin Road, Belfast

Jim enjoys a new lease of life with Lisburn Tandem Group

Jim Moore stopped cycling when his eyesight deteriorated but he longed to be back on a bike. Then he discovered the LIsburn Tandem Group and has discovered a new 'cycling' lease of life.
Riders on a tandem

Jim has Macular Degeneration so has no central vision, but relatively good peripheral vision.

He began cycling for pleasure when he got his first bike at ten years old. He continued cycling until his mid-twenties, when his sight had deteriorated to the point where he was no longer safe on a bike.

During his teens and early twenties, Jim was "never off a bike", cycling to work from Donaghadee to Bangor in the summertime and using it as his mode of transport to get to different Youth Hostels the length and breadth of Northern Ireland.

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Taxis in Belfast bus lanes will endanger cyclists, say campaigners

21 February 2013
CTC's Tom McClelland and Barry Flood joined other cycle campaigners in protesting against allowing taxis into bus lanes in Belfast.
Protesters gathered to object to allowing more taxis into bus lanes

Although not perfect, bus lanes provide priority and a lower-traffic environment for cyclists, but changes to the way taxis are licenced in Northern Ireland could mean many more vehicles using the routes.

Up to 2,000 more vehicles could use the routes if ministers approve the changes. This is a cause of concern for many people -  86% of respondents to the consultation held last year, opposed the plans.

Tom McClelland and Barry Flood, CTC representatives in Northern Ireland, joined protesters campaigning against the move. 

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Lisburn Tandem Group

Name

Lisburn Tandem Group set up by Lisburn in Focus, an RNIB lead BIG Lottery funded project

Type of organisation

RNIB NI (Charity)

Location

Charlotte's Tandems

Name

Charlotte's Tandems

Type of organisation

Registered Charity

Location

North Down (private address, available on application)

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Talking cycling to Northern Ireland’s politicians, planners and the public

Wednesday was one of the most meeting-packed days I can remember, with 2 Ministers, one parliamentary select committee, a presentation to some traffic planners, a visit to a cycle-friendly school and a public meeting all in one day!
Mike McKillen, Mai-Britt Kristensen and Roger Geffen at Stormont castle

Huge respect to Tom McClelland, CTC’s lead regional volunteer campaigner, for arranging such a full schedule at very short notice.

Tom and I were joined throughout the day by Mai-Britt Kristensen from the Cycling Embassy of Denmark, and by Mike McKillen from Cyclist.ie, the federation of cycle campaign groups in the Irish Republic.

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CTC web chat - your questions answered

CTC’s Chief Exec, Gordon Seabright, and other staff responded to your questions during a live web chat on 21 June. Questions were sent in through Twitter, Facebook and emails. Answers can be found below.

Thanks to all those who sent in questions. In some cases we've responded to you directly.

Among those answering your questions were:

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Could Northern Ireland go 20 mph?

Conall McDevitt MLA has tabled a Private Member's Bill in the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly which seeks to make 20mph the default speed limit on most residential roads in the 6 counties.
20mph could be the default residential speed limit in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is uniquely placed to do this: the entire road network is under the control of a single highway authority - the Roads Service - which is responsible for every road, bridge and street light across the area. It is directly controlled by the Department for Regional Development, which means that decisions can be made at the national level over local streets.

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