The UUP consultant beforehand questioned Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon about her ministry's plans for bike lanes and walkways in her constituency.
"It will be significant that we proceed to push for lively journey routes for cyclists and pedestrians," Beggs mentioned. “Strolling and biking are good for the atmosphere and in your well being. As somebody who has cycled typically alongside Belfast Street, Larne, I’m conscious of the necessity to enhance this route. and driving a motorcycle and even simply being within the exterior atmosphere is thought to enhance your bodily well being and psychological well-being.
"Following the current quarantine interval as a result of Covid-19, it’s crucial that we proceed to create extra lively out of doors journey zones, to permit protected journey whereas sustaining protected social distancing."
Mr Beggs requested the Minister of Infrastructure to "take inventory of her ministry's plans to extend the supply of a) cycle lanes and b) pedestrian lanes in East Antrim" in a query tabled on June 25.
In response, the Minister mentioned: "The £ 20million funding for blue / inexperienced infrastructure will assist our communities all through the transformation, encouraging lively journey and shaping our locations of life into the brand new regular. This funding might be group led and supported by the ministry. I’m eager to see progress on higher infrastructure for strolling and biking all through Northern Eire and I’m at present investigating the idea upon which funding may be allotted to biking infrastructure.
'My division works in partnership with councils and stakeholders, to establish and advance applications that ship on our agenda outcomes for presidency and guarantee lasting change for the folks of Northern Eire.
“Particularly in East Antrim, my officers are at present creating proposals to create a shared use pedestrian / cycle lane alongside the present laborious shoulder on Belfast Street, Larne (from Shane & # 39; s Hill to Pound Avenue ) to enhance pedestrian and cycle hyperlinks to Millbrook Park and Trip. I look ahead to working with the council to develop extra lively journey initiatives within the East Antrim space. "
Mr Beggs added: "It’s optimistic to be taught of the proposals on the Belfast highway and in Millbrook. I’m conscious of the appreciable potential for additional strolling and biking applications in Carrickfergus and in different areas and j 'look ahead to working with the ministry and council to advertise different lively journey initiatives in our space. "