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Government says Belfast bike lanes are “advisory” – after local cyclists claim they are “completely unusable” due to parked cars; “Stop driving! Get rid of your car”: Now that’s a road sign you don’t see every day + more on the live blog

Government says Belfast bike lanes are “advisory” – after local cyclists claim they are “completely unusable” due to parked cars; “Stop driving! Get rid of your car”: Now that’s a road sign you don’t see every day + more on the live blog

Just like the inevitable Jumbo-Visma attack on a summit finish, it’s Monday again – and Ryan Mallon is here with all the latest cycling news…

Monday, Jun 13

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Just like the inevitable Jumbo-Visma attack on a summit finish, it’s Monday again – and Ryan Mallon is here with all the latest cycling news and views on the first live blog of the week… Newtownards Road cycle lanes (Image – Justin Kernoghan) Newtownards Road cycle lanes 2 (Image – Justin Kernoghan) Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure has said that bikes lanes along a busy Belfast road are only “advisory”, after local cyclists claimed that the lanes are “completely unusable” due to the number of cars constantly parked in them.

Despite being in place for years, the cycle lanes on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast – the scene, incidentally, of Dan Martin’s race-ending crash during the opening team time trial stage of the 2014 Giro d’Italia – are rarely used by cyclists, who have described the lanes as a “tick-box exercise” for the Department for Infrastructure.

As we saw last week on the blog , the DfI – a department in the devolved Northern Ireland Executive – has come under fire in recent years for its rather laidback approach to cycling and walking infrastructure and its apparent devotion to the “cult of the car”.

“It can be quite frustrating when you approach the Newtownards Road and all of the cycle lanes are full of cars on both sides of the road,” a cyclist from the area told BelfastLive (link is external) .

“It is a constant problem and there has never been a time that I have attempted to use it […]

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