“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
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."
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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.