Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard announced today his ‘3-five-10’ plan to place walking, cycling and public transport at the heart of the north’s transport policy.
Minister Hazzard said:
“Investing in public transport, walking and cycling must be at the heart of our transport policy. It is the only way we can address congestion in our key urban centres, enable people and goods to move easily and ensure the north remains an attractive place to live, work, shop, visit and invest.
“I want to ensure that people throughout the north can benefit from well connected, safe, high quality walkways and cycleways, which will make walking a more attractive option for shorter journeys of around three kilometres and cycling for journeys of around five kilometres. I also want to encourage greater use of public transport particularly for journeys of ten kilometres or more.”
Continuing Minister Hazzard said:
“I recently consulted on my Programme for Government Delivery Plan and the response to that suggests there is an appetite for a more ambitious, integrated approach, which would draw on international best practice. Indeed, on my recent visit to China I saw some examples of this firsthand. By looking at a more innovative and creative approach we can also encourage people to lead more active lives, benefiting both physical and mental health and well-being.
“Therefore, I have instructed my officials to develop an overarching strategic framework, with the focus on moving people, not vehicles, around our towns and cities. This will pave the way for a Walking Strategy and a Public Transport Strategy.”
The Minister concluded:
“I want to explore examples of best practice which will support those living in both urban and rural areas, the young and our older population and also those in our communities with restricted mobility.
"I fully recognise that to achieve my ambitions will require a change in mindsets and in behaviours. I am committed to supporting people here to make that change.”
Notes to editors:
- According to the The Travel Survey for NI – In depth Report, in 2013-15, journeys under five miles accounted for over three fifths of all journeys made. Of these, 64% were made by car. Just over one third of all journeys were less than two miles long and a half of these journeys were taken by car.
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