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Translink customers enjoy benefits of new station cycle shelter programme

19 January 2018

Cyclists across Northern Ireland can now benefit from 38 new bike shelter/storage facilities following the completion of a Translink Cycle Shelter Programme. 



Situated at both Translink NI Railways and Ulsterbus stations, the new facilities will cater for the surge in popularity of cycling across Northern Ireland for both Translink customers and staff.

Translink has installed 10-bike parking shelters / ‘cycle d’s’ across most locations that customers can use free of charge. In addition, secure parking compounds have been installed at Holywood Train Station accommodating 30 bikes and at Lisburn Train Station for 20 bikes. Customers can apply online via the Translink website for a Translink key fob to use these facilities*.

Their arrival supports a key indicator in the draft Programme for Government (2016 – 2021) to increase the use of public transport and active travel which is crucial to improving physical and mental health as well as reducing environmental impact. 

Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway said:

“This is good news for all our customers who want to enjoy an active lifestyle enabling them to easily integrate both cycling and public transport into their regular journeys. 

“Cycling offers a healthy, flexible, inexpensive and environmentally-friendly way to travel for people of all ages. 65% of everyday journeys in NI are less than five miles – perfect distances for a leisurely cycle. 

“Existing cycle facilities are popular with many at capacity so this significant development will provide our customers with convenient parking for easy transfer onto the bus or train.

“2018 is also the Year of Infrastructure and we will monitor the success of this pilot scheme with a view to future development to ensure our passenger facilities are as attractive and accessible as possible. We’re now encouraging our customers to use these new bike shelter facilities as part of their daily active travel routine,” said Chris.  

Welcoming the Translink bike shelter development, Gordon Clarke – Sustrans Northern Ireland Director said: “This offers the opportunity for people living locally to cycle to train and bus stations across Northern Ireland rather than drive these short distances, thus reducing traffic congestion and pollution. Multi-modal journeys are the future and we would encourage more people to consider this as part of their commute or daily routine. Beyond this we’d like to see investment in safe cycle routes to stations and Park & Ride sites.”

To apply for a Secure Bike Shelter Compound key fob contact www.translink.co.uk/cycleshelters/. 

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All media enquiries to Translink press office tel. 028 9089 9455. 

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