Ride on Belfast celebrates Bike Week at City Hall
14 Jun 2019
Pedal power was to the fore this morning (Friday 14 June) at Belfast City Hall as hundreds of cycling enthusiasts descended on the front lawns as part of Ride on Belfast.
Celebrating Bike Week, Ride on Belfast encouraged people out of their car and onto their bike, promoting an active lifestyle through cycle commutes.
Belfast’s First Citizen, Councillor John Finucane welcomed everyone to City Hall and was delighted to see so many people take part in the event. He said; “It’s fantastic to see so many people ditching their car and hopping on their bike to get into work today. Cycling is a really fantastic way to keep yourself fit and healthy and is a very environmentally friendly and sustainable mode of transport.”
He added; “Throughout my year in office I will be encouraging people to think more carefully about the impact they are having on their surroundings. It is important that we maintain our environment and leave it in a better place for future generations and events such as Ride on Belfast will certainly help us achieve this goal.”
Marking its seventh year, the event is organised jointly by Cycul Belfast and Bikefast, and is supported by Belfast City Council and the Department for Infrastructure.
Commenting on the growing popularity of cycling as a sustainable means of transport, Liz Loughran, Director of the Safe and Sustainable Travel Division at the Department for Infrastructure said: “It is great to see the increase in the number of people choosing cycling as an alternative means of travelling in our city. Cycling easily forms part of our fitness regime, helps reduce pollution and congestion improving our environment.
“We all moan when we get stuck in traffic, but around one third of all the journeys we make every day cover less than two miles – distances that could be cycled.
“Cycling is inexpensive, enjoyable and good for our health and wellbeing. This is Bike to Work Day and I hope that this will act as a catalyst for long-term change in travel behaviours to and from work.”
Early this morning, the peloton departed from Queen’s University, travelling through the Holy Lands, down the Ormeau Road and towards the City Centre. On arrival to City Hall, a number of vendors provided free breakfast and coffee.
For additional information, you can visit the website at www.rideonbelfast.com