Hundreds of cyclists come together for bike to work day

16 June, 2017 16:00

HUNDREDS of cycling commuters have joined together for the annual Bike to Work Day breakfast.

It is one of many cycling events taking place during Bike Week, an initiative designed to encourage people to take up cycling and enjoy numerous health, financial and environmental benefits.

Today's breakfast was organised by the Department for Infrastructure cycling unit and Belfast City Council.

More than 300 cyclists were welcomed to City Hall by the Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister.

"Cycling is great for the city, and good for its citizens, workers and visitors," she said.

"It is a healthy, convenient and enjoyable way to travel around the city, and its increasing popularity as a clean and efficient mode of transport is no more clearly shown than by the continued success, and expansion of the Belfast Bikes public hire scheme.

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley pulls a wheelie on a BMX at the Bike to Work Day event in Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann

Andrew Grieve, head of the Department for Infrastructure cycling unit, said it was great to see more people taking up cycling in the city.

"Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity for regular commuters and new cyclists to come together to enjoy the benefits of cycling," he said.

"We are continuing to work towards making cycling a fundamental part in network planning and development and to ensure that cycling provision remains a key element in both strategy and delivery."

Ryan Harper (18 months) takes a break at the Bike to Work Day event in celebration of Bike Week 2017 at Belfast City Hall. Picture by Mal McCann

16 June, 2017 16:00 News

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