Paving the Way for Alternatives
from The Irish News
by Julie Waters
November 27, 2000
AN ELECTRIC bike and a liquid petroleum gas fuelled car symbolised
the future of modern transport at a major Belfast eco-conference.
Hosted by Belfast city council, the Transport Symposium explored new
ideas for sustainable transport.
Over the past six months the council's development department has
considered a number of alternative transport options.
Councillor Jim Rodgers, development committee chairman, welcomed a
number of transport providers, environmental agencies and disability
action organisations to the first meeting of its kind.
"Belfast city council is proud to provide a voice for citizens on
transport issues affecting the city," he said.
"We anticipate this will be a positive event and for every issue or
problem highlighted, that Belfast can provide some solutions."
Case studies from Scotland and the Republic were presented by Marion
Wilson of Dublin's Transportation Planning Team and George Hazel from
Edinburgh's Centre for Transport Policy.
Workshops were held on road users and workplace charging trials, low
emission zones and car-free days.