Minister of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) launches first ever EastSide Belfast City Bike Tour

Today the Minister of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), Jonathan Bell got on his bike today to explore east Belfast as part of the brand new EastSide Belfast City Bike Tour.

As part of this unique tour, participants will cycle into the EastSide to explore the rich history and heritage of east Belfast and its inspiring people. The tour, which departs from the City Centre, takes in the amazing sights of east Belfast, including the SS Nomadic at Titanic Quarter, the mighty Harland and Wolff Cranes Samson and Goliath, places that inspired the genius of Van Morrison’s music, C.S. Lewis, George Best and much, much more…

(Left - Right, Norman Trotter, Director of Belfast City Bike Tours; Maurice Kinkead Chief Executive of East Belfast Partnership; and Minister of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) Jonathan Bell launch first ever EastSide Belfast City Bike Tour)

Minister of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) said:

“This is a truly enriching way for both tourists and locals to explore places that have inspired many of the great people of Belfast including Van Morrison, George Best and C.S. Lewis. Guided tours like this allow people to come to parts of the city that may not be accessible by car and they would never usually visit.”

 “With recent events like the Gran Fondo, Giro D’Italia and the arrival of the Belfast City Bikes, the bike culture in Northern Ireland has never been stronger. The EastSide Belfast City Bike Tour is an enjoyable way to find out the stories and history of our city while getting some exercise and keeping healthy.”   

Speaking during the tour, Norman Trotter from Belfast City Bike Tours (BCBT) said,

“We have been running Belfast City Bike Tours in other parts of the city for several years. We approached the East Belfast Partnership about bringing the Bike Tour into the EastSide. Using trails already developed by the Connswater Community Greenway project we put together a truly breathtaking and unique tour which promises to delight anyone wishing to learn more about what east Belfast has to offer. There is so much to see and do in east Belfast and what better way to visit it than by bike!

History, heritage, nature, culture, and even music - there really is something for everyone!”

The tour also gives cyclists a glimpse of the wonderful rivers and nature of east Belfast via the Connswater Community Greenway. This new cycle and walkway is a major investment in east Belfast that has already encouraged people to get out and explore the great outdoors. It will eventually run from the edge of Titanic Quarter at Victoria Park, through east Belfast and into the hills of Cregagh Glen. As part of this project, the new C.S. Lewis Civic Square is currently under construction which will be complete by summer 2016. 

Maurice Kinkead from the East Belfast Partnership said,

“It’s a very exciting time for the east of the City with major developments such as the Connswater Community Greenway and a new visitor centre at Holywood Arches.

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors  EastSide and the new bike tour is a great way to discover what EastSide has to offer. ”

The EastSide Belfast City Bike Tour costs just £20 and lasts approximately 3 hours and includes refreshments. The tour takes on Saturday’s departing from Norm’s Bike Shop, 15 Smithfield Market at 10.30am. To find out more or to or book the tour online visit www.belfastcitybiketours.com, by email info@belfastcitybiketours.com, or by calling 079 8081 6057.

East Belfast is fast becoming the place to visit so don’t miss out, come and explore EastSide by bike.