RE[act] Active Travel Event

Building city centre active transport.

Our story

By Chris McCracken, Linen Quarter BID

The Linen Quarter BID (LQ BID) is an independent not for profit company that focuses on delivering specific improvements based in Belfast city centre, Northern Ireland. The LQ BID was elected in 2018 and represents around 400 member organisations across various sectors, namely hospitality, professional services, and public sector.

In Sept 2021 LQ BID launched Northern Ireland's first sustainable district, with a series of ten initiatives that seeks to make the Linen Quarter the most sustainable business area in the region.

RE[act] featured 30 unique events between 2 – 14 November 2021. RE[act] was a completely new Northern Ireland festival, that sought to inspire - and lead – a more sustainable Belfast (and Northern Ireland). It took place at the same time as COP26, and was aligned with the global conference's daily themes, to help integrate Northern Ireland into the global conversation.

The RE[act] festival was the largest strategic COP26 event in Northern Ireland.

During RE[act]'s COP26 transport day a range of activities showcased by partners including Translink, Big Loop Bikes and Connswater Community Greenway.

Event attendees got the opportunity to get on board Translink's first zero emission all-electric double-decker bus. Belfast citizen's learned about the steps being taken to revolutionise and decarbonise the cities public transport system to be climate positive by 2050.

There was an opportunity to walk around active travel stands, including Connswater Community Greenway, to learn more how you can switch to a more sustainable way of transport.
Attendees could bring their disused bike (parts) and donate them to the Turnaround Project for repurposing and reuse for people in need.

City cyclists got the opportunity upgraded their bikes - to face the dark months ahead! Bike mechanics from Big Loop Bikes on site to provide free bike repair services, while Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) were present and provided bike marking for free, using the Bike Register scheme. This is was also a great opportunity to receive great tips and advice on how to maintain your bike and prevent it from being stolen.

Event attendees were offered free tech enabled cycle lights from see-sense, with bonus merchandise for those who are donating a bike!

Our advice

Active city transport is one of the core pillars of the Linen Quarter BID sustainable programme and Belfast Cities future vision.

The RE[act] festival team wanted to practically support Belfast City centre’s transition towards sustainable transport and active travel – promoting the merits of pedestrian friendly spaces and new cycle lanes – resulting in a less congested, less noisy district, with clear air and a better place to live, work and relax.

During RE[act]'s COP26 transport day a range of activities were designed with partners. It was important for the planning team to make the event both practical and accessible to as many citizens as possible and we those to host in a well-known open city space.

Centre piece of the event was the public launch of Translink's first zero emission all-electric double-decker bus – a first for Belfast City and Northern Ireland! There was an opportunity to walk around active travel stands to learn more how you can switch to a more sustainable way of transport.

Bike mechanics where on site to provide free bike repair services, while Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) were present and provided bike marking for free.

Our advice for other cities – open up our public squares - illustrate the real and practical benefits arriving from public active travel.

Our metrics

  • Number of people attending the festival event.

Read more: http://www.reactfestival.co.uk

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