Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland said yesterday that it will stop its contractors’ truck drivers from parking in cycle lanes and on cycle paths.
The brand’s main company, Coca-Cola Ireland, is sponsoring the regional bicycle share system, due to launch in Cork, Limerick and Galway later this year.
Coca-Cola issued the statement yesterday in response to questions from IrishCycle.com about repeated blocking of a two-way cycle path in Belfast city centre. The issue had been highlighted by NI Greenways on their website and twitter account.
“At Coca-Cola, the safety of cyclists, as with all road users is important to us and we have investigated this matter fully,” a Coca-Cola spokesman said.
The soft drinks company said that it currently employs a third party logistics firm to carry out all of its deliveries in Northern Ireland and have taken this issue up with the operations manager of the transport company.
The statement added: “We are assured that the matter has been investigated and we have received a formal apology from the company. We have also been advised that incidents such as this will not be repeated and that all drivers have been educated on the importance of ensuring that all vehicles are parked safely and legally when making deliveries.”
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