MLAs again challenged the Minister on the potential legacy benefits arising from the Giro d’Italia. The Minister stated:
"the cycling unit in order to give increased focus and priority to the needs of cyclists and to encourage greater participation in this healthy and sustainable form of transport."Following the recent adverse weather, which has damaged several roads across Northern Ireland, the Minister informed the house that his Department has carried out remedial works at a number of locations. The potential cost of these works has been estimated at £1.2 million.
"The unit is also identifying the budget required to take forward its work programme. I hope to secure the support of other stakeholders for that and will explore, with colleagues who have a role in the provision of cycling, the opportunities to seek funding from other sources. The unit has started work on a cycling strategy for Northern Ireland and is undertaking a number of meetings with stakeholders and other interested parties. It is also working with other Departments to realise the legacy benefits of the Giro d’Italia."
Topical questions included further questions on damage to road from the recent bad weather; Giro d'Italia: Election Posters; Bicycle Transportation and the EU Water Framework Directive.
You can read the full transcript in the Official Report and view the questions on our website.