Yesterday saw the launch of Northern Ireland's first Active Travel Hub in east Belfast's CS Lewis Square.
Created as part of an EU funded project named "CHIPS" (Cycle Highways Innovation for Smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning), it aims to encourage more people to use alternative forms of travel to the car. This includes cycling, walking or public transport.
The Hub is situated in EastSide Partnership’s new Pocket Park at 392-400 Newtownards Road.
Officers from Sustrans will be based in the hub and will be striving to encourage as many as 10,000 people along the east Belfast corridor to use active travel.
It is hoped initiatives such as these will help with a wider EU project to improve the air quality across North West Europe.
Maurice Kinkead, Chief Executive of EastSide Partnership said:
“We are delighted that Sustrans has chosen to base their Active Travel Hub in the new Pocket Park. We are very grateful to the NI Executive’s Urban Villages Initiative and delivery partners the Department for Communities, for their support in making the Pocket Park and Container Hub happen.”