IPH Response to DRD’s Consultation on Draft Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland - August 2014
The Department for Regional Development (DRD) has developed a Draft Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland which sets out, over a 25 year period, how DRD plans to make Northern Ireland a cycling community.
DRD wants Northern Ireland to be a community which values, nurtures and celebrates cycling in all its forms. It is the ambition that the bicycle will become ‘another mode of transport’ that is accessible, attractive, safe and desirable.
IPH welcomes and supports the publication of a long term strategy for cycling in Northern Ireland. The IPH response notes that cycling offers many benefits for public health, the economy and the environment.
The public health benefits of cycling include helping to: reduce levels of overweight and obesity; reduce the incidence of chronic conditions, as well as improving mental health and social cohesion.
Cycling makes an important contribution to the economy through cycling-related sales, employment, work performance and reduced workplace absenteeism.