“Bike Life 2017 will help Transport for Greater Manchester, local councils and other partners plan for the future and build the right infrastructure, support and culture to ensure we meet our ambition to transform Greater Manchester into one of the UK’s leading cycling city regions.”
- Chris Boardman, Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester
Our new Bike Life report published today, details women’s travel habits, views and attitudes towards cycling across the seven Bike Life cities. It clearly shows there is an appetite from women to start cycling or cycle more but significant barriers to overcome.
'Women: reducing the gender gap' adds new evidence to existing research that shows we need to do more to address women’s needs and help make cycling more inclusive in cities across the UK.
New infrastructure on major route sees cycling more than double
The Wilmslow Road Cycleway connects south Manchester with Manchester city centre. It is Greater Manchester’s first on-highway segregated cycleway featuring long sections of kerbed ‘islands’, bus stop bypasses, early release traffic signals and runs behind on-street parking bays.
Since it opened in April 2016, cycling on the route has more than doubled and registers up to 5,000 bikes a day.
Simon Hopkinson, General Manager, Whitworth Art Gallery Café
"We’re very lucky here being based on the new cycle superhighway on Oxford Road, so we get more cyclists coming in the café. I’m always happier when I’ve cycled to work. Cycle infrastructure is patchy, but it’s improved a lot in the last few years. If more improvements were made more people would cycle to work. There are far too many roads where cycle paths don’t exist. More investment makes people feel safer.
"A healthier city with less traffic makes people happier and healthier. As a forward-thinking city region we need to focus on that."
Emily Griffiths, Information Governance Manager, University of Manchester
"The new cycle lane down Oxford Road is great and there is more cycle parking and cycle hubs at the stations. The Transport for General Manchester hubs are quite pricey I think. The university provides secure cycle parking for staff. I think there should be more street sweeping - cycle routes should be clean, and routes should be well-sign-posted.
"Manchester could be a proper cycling city. It’s flat, and with lots of cars on the road, there are lots of people to convert."
Pauline Johnston, freelance public relations and content campaign manager and a director of 'Station South'
"I have a bike and I really like cycling but it’s always leisure cycling, off-road. My husband cycles to work three times a week and he wants to go out cycling with me but I always want to go off road. I will cycle sometimes on the roads on a Sunday but I can’t bring myself to go at other busy times. There’s a confidence issue there for me of how to overcome that barrier of fear and anxiety about being on the road with traffic."
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Bike Life Greater Manchester has been funded by The Freshfield Foundation and Transport for Greater Manchester. The project is co-ordinated by Sustrans.