Belfast was once announced as the most congested city in the UK, with drivers spending more than eight days of their year sitting stuck in traffic! Wherever you live, we’re sure that you’re able to relate to the complete frustration of congested cities. The good news is that there are things we can all do to help…. but building new motorways and infrastructure for cars just isn’t the answer.
Imagine the difference it would make to our cities if more people started leaving the car at home more often and used smarter transport instead. That might be by hopping on the bus or train, or by walking or cycling! That’s what the 3rd June 2018 was all about promoting, and it was amazing to be a part of it. As 2018 is the year of Infrastructure, and 3rd June 2018 was also (ironically) World Bicycle Day, what better day could there have been to demonstrate the importance of transit space on our roads?
105 volunteers (including some of the See.Sense team) took to Oxford Street, Belfast at the crack of dawn to help make it happen. Why 105 people? That’s is the maximum capacity of the brand new Glider vehicles, launching in Greater Belfast in September 2018. The Gliders are set to further enhance the image of the city and inspire even more people to choose public transport. The whole idea was to show how much ‘wasted space’ cars take up in our streets, and to inspire more people to leave the car at home more often!
Bumper to bumper! This street looked SO much better once the cars had cleared. Translink is aiming to transform public transport in Belfast, and after seeing this in real life, we can see why we need to reduce the number of cars in our lanes.
Faster end-to-end journeys and dedicated lanes, the bus option took up almost 10 times less length of space than the cars.
We enjoyed being some of the first people on board the new Glider! 105 people can travel comfortably and make use of Wi-Fi and USB Chargers. Glider is a brand new, innovative mode of travel for Belfast, set to further enhance the image of the city and inspire even more people to choose public transport. The Gliders will launch in September 2018.
Cycling and walking to work isn't just good for our health and wellbeing, it's good for our cities too. Multi-modal forms of transport are also a good option.
Let's hope this helps get the message out there. Thank you to Translink and also partners Sustrans, Belfast City Council and Department for Infrastructure.
Do you think it would be helpful if your city did this demonstration too?