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Walking Northern Ireland: An Action Plan

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Following the commitment given in the Northern Ireland Transport Policy Statement Moving Forward, the Department for Regional Development established, in April 2000, the Northern Ireland Walking Forum to develop a walking strategy for Northern Ireland. The Forum brought together the major organisations and bodies having an interest in walking to develop this Action Plan. The Regional Transportation Strategy (RTS), endorsed in July 2002 by the Assembly, sets out the Department for Regional Development’s strategic priorities for the future planning, funding and delivery of transportation measures for Northern Ireland over the period 2002-2012. The Strategy acknowledges the importance of walking and proposes a doubling of expenditure (£27 million over the Strategy period) on measures aimed at “Making it easier to walk”. Walking: Northern Ireland: An Action Plan identifies a series of actions that will help guide the delivery of the RTS walking measures ‘on the ground’ and provide complementary improvements to assist in the achievement of targets. The implementation of the planned actions will improve conditions for both pedestrians and recreational walkers.

Secondary Doc. 01/12/03 Add icon
Road Safety Engineering Report 2004/2005 & 2005/2006

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The Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy 2002-2012 places emphasis on the importance of the “3 E’s” – Enforcement, Education and Engineering, working in partnership to improve road safety. This report contains information on the engineering measures undertaken by Roads Service within the Collision Remedial and Traffic Calming programme of works. In the majority of cases, the causes of road traffic collisions can be attributed to road user behaviour. As the road authority for all public roads in Northern Ireland, Roads Service is committed to considering the potential for collision reduction in all aspects of its work. This applies to both new road schemes and at locations on the existing road network where there may be a poor safety record. This report concentrates on the road safety engineering measures undertaken on the existing road network. It contains information on the effectiveness monitoring of the Collision Remedial and Traffic Calming programme of works implemented from 2001/02 to 2004/05, and provides details of schemes undertaken in 2005/06. Information is also included on the use and effectiveness of Vehicle Activated Signs.

General Information 01/05/07 Add icon
Northern Ireland Cycling Strategy - 2006

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In recent years there has been a steadily growing interest in cycling in Northern Ireland. This has stemmed from an increasing recognition by Government, employers and the general public of the benefits of cycling and of the environmental, health and congestion problems that we are now facing because of our increasing reliance on the motor car. The Northern Ireland Cycling Strategy identifies a range of measures that will seek to improve conditions for cyclists and establish a pro-cycling culture.This document has been developed by the Northern Ireland Cycling Forum. It establishes a framework that public, private and voluntary sector organisations can follow in order to promote cycling in Northern Ireland. The Strategy represents a significant commitment to cycling by Government, District Councils and statutory and voluntary sector organisations

General Information 01/06/00 Add icon
Northern Ireland Cycling Strategy - 2002

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The Northern Ireland Cycling Strategy was launched in June 2000. It raised considerably the profile of cycling in Northern Ireland and initiated a range of measures aimed at improving conditions for cyclists and making cycling a more attractive travel option. Government, District Councils and voluntary sector organisations have all made significant commitments that contribute to the Strategy’s targets to: • double the number of trips by cycle (on 2000 figures) by the end of 2005; and • quadruple the number of trips by cycle (on 2000 figures) by the end of 2015 This First Report describes many of the activities undertaken towards that end.

General Information 01/03/02 Add icon
NI Cycling Strategy - Second Report - 2007

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The Northern Ireland Cycling Strategy (NICS), launched in June 2000, was a building block to encourage and facilitate a more sustainable way of travelling. The first report on progress on the NICS was published in 2002. A further five years has passed and this, second, report monitors progress and highlights opportunities to improve and consolidate the future delivery and implementation of measures to support cycling. The NICS set out a number of actions to try and arrest years of decline in cycling in NI. Local cycling strategies are in place in some Council areas and the inclusion of cycling is now mainstream in government strategies and plans. Increasing cycle usage requires good planning, the construction of new routes, good maintenance of routes, supported by marketing activities. No one organisation can perform all these tasks and the fostering of good local partnerships, to help co-ordinate the delivery of these activities, is essential. Local Cycle Forums bringing together Roads Service, Planning Service, Local Councils, Cycling Users Groups, Sustrans and Cycle NI have been effective.

General Information 01/01/07 Add icon
Bus Stop Design Guide

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This Bus Stop Design Guide has been jointly produced by Road Service and Translink. The main purpose of this Design Guide is to present current best practice in relation to accessibility at bus stops. The document outlines requirements that meet the needs of bus users and, the changing profile of the Northern Ireland bus fleet with the introduction of low floor buses.This guide is intended for use by all types of professionals involved in the planning, design and provision of bus stop infrastructure so that good practice can be applied consistently across Northern Ireland. Indeed, one of the main themes behind this guide is that the bus stop is viewed as a holistic environment rather than just somewhere for a bus to stop. The implementation of the initiatives contained in this strategy will, over the strategy period, make a significant contribution towards the achievement of the “vision” for transportation contained in the Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland 2025 (Shaping our Future).

Primary Doc. 03/10/05 Add icon
The Northern Ireland Highway Code

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The Highway Code is based on the Great Britain version. Although Northern Ireland road safety legislation continues to be brought into line with that in Great Britain, there are some differences which it has been necessary to reflect in this issue. For example, many Northern Ireland road users may not be familiar with equestrian and puffin crossings or trams. References to these issues have however been included as Northern Ireland residents who plan to visit Great Britain might find them helpful.

Secondary Doc. 06/06/08 Add icon
Tourist Signing in Northern Ireland

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Included in ‘A Strategy for the Development of Tourism in Northern Ireland’ published by NITB in November 1997 is an agreement that Roads Service would work with NITB on a review of the jointly agreed tourist signing policy. NITB subsequently carried out extensive consultations with local Councils, Government Departments and tourist industry associations to determine overall tourist signing needs. This policy relates to signing of Tourist Facilities - defined as premises that provide a service primarily for tourists, such as the provision of accommodation and information for tourists and would, typically, include: - hotels, guesthouses, B&B establishments, caravan and camping parks, youth hostels, marinas, public slipways, boat / cruiser hire, picnic sites, and tourist information centres and tourist information boards. Tourist Utilities - defined as places or services that would be of use to tourists but do not in themselves constitute an attraction. Tourist utilities tend to be more commercial in nature and would, typically, include: - banks, doctors’ surgeries, chemist shops,hire (cars, cycles, surfing equipment, etc.) shops, sports facilities, antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, garden centres, shopping centres; and individual shops. Signing of Tourist Utilities will not be covered by this policy.

Primary Doc. 16/04/04 Add icon
Travelwise Northern Ireland

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Travelwise NI is a Roads Service initiative to encourage the use of sustainable transport options such as walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing. It is delivered in partnership with the Department of Education, DOE Road Safety Branch, Sustrans, Health Promotion Agency and Translink, and is targeted at Commuters, Employers (to devise a Travel Plan that meets a company's needs), and schools. .

Useful Website 01/01/07 Add icon
Development Control - Developers Information

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Road access and layout for a new residential development in Northern Ireland shall comply with requirements in the Department of Environment’s current design guide, “Creating Places: Achieving Quality in Residential Developments” and other relevant Planning policy and guidance documents. Road adoption by Roads Service is governed by The Private Streets (NI) Order 1980 (The Order) as amended. This web site provides a 'one stop point of contact' which details Roads Service's requirements in the planning process.

Secondary Doc. 01/01/07 Add icon
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