DRD/2016-0133: EIR Request for information relating to the implementation of the cycleway scheme on Alfred Street and Upper Arthur Street

Date published: 13 March 2017

DRD/2016-0133: EIR Request for information relating to the implementation of the cycleway scheme on Alfred Street and Upper Arthur Street.

The specific request is as follows:

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I'd like to make a Freedom of Information request.

The Department, and specifically TransportNI, implemented a cycleway scheme on Alfred Street and Upper Arthur Street at the start of 2016. There was wide and welcome public consultation which lead to a design which included separation from the roadway using 'wands' placed at approximately 3m distance for the majority of the route.

It was believed this was to prevent vehicle incursion, hence the use of the word "protected" by the Minister in the press release to announce the launch of the scheme.

However, despite foundations being laid for 3m separated wands, they were installed at 6m gaps. This has enabled daily incursions by vehicles driving through the gaps in the wand "protection" to park in and drive down the cycleway. Instances have been documented and made aware to DRD staff.

Clearly a decision was made to deviate from the plan.

I would appreciate if you could provide electronic copies of all documents and/or records which relate specifically to the decision and rationale to deviate from the final cycleway plan (after consultation) and to only install wands in their current configuration.

I understand this is a pilot project which can be altered based on user feedback and departmental monitoring of use and misuse.

I would also appreciate confirmation of what monitoring Transport NI is actually carrying out - are staff out visually monitoring the cycleway, at what intervals/times of day, or is it purely monitoring of user feedback through complaints?

 

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