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Belfast to host cycling transport conference in April

A conference for local authorities and other organisations working on cycling is to be held in Belfast on April 20, it is to be hosted by CIVINET UK & Ireland and Belfast City Council.

The event “On the move – A conference about cycling and connectivity” is linked to the opening of Belfast’s public bicycle share system due to launch this spring. The city will be the first in Northern Ireland and the fifth on the island of Ireland to have a bike share network. DublinBikes launched in 2009, while the regional system launched in Cork, Limerick and Galway late last year.

The Belfast event will include advice on EU funding for cycling projects; case studies from Bath, Ghent, Dublin and Belfast; and a look at Northern Ireland’s new cycling strategy.

Speakers expected at the Belfast event from outside the island include: Patty Delanghe, the cycling coordinator at the City of Ghent; Colin Rees, Local Sustainable Transport Fund project manager at Bath & North East Somerset Council; Chris Hadfield, manager at CIVINET UK and Ireland, and manager of sustainable transport at Lancashire County Council; and Fiona McLean, European Project Development Manager at Transport & Travel Research.

While Northern Ireland and Ireland speakers include: Andrew Grieve Northern, Ireland Department for Regional Development; Anne Doherty, Belfast Public Bike Share; Damien Ó Tuama, a Dublin-based mobilities consultant; Dr Brendan Murtagh, Queen’s University Belfast; and Gerry Millar, Belfast City Council.

The conference entry fee is €50, with free entry for three members of CIVINET.

CIVINET UK and Ireland is the regional network of the EU-funded sustainable transport programme, CIVITAS — the network is open to public authorities and other organisations interested in sustainable mobility in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. No Irish local authorities are current members.

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