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Fallowfield Loopline and local community celebrated at FloopFest

family on bikes in bee costumes

Winning bees: Nicola Dowling (left) and family were one of two winners of Micro-Scooters for their costumes in the Bee Ride. PICTURE: Lorraine Taylor.

queue of people lining up for the Beeride

The Bee Ride from Abbey Hey to Chorlton attracted around 50 people. PICTURE: Lorraine Taylor

people on bikes

Bee Ride winner Andrew Scott. PICTURE: Aspa Paltaglou.

19 September 2018

Around 50 bike-riding bees made a buzz at Manchester’s first ‘FloopFest’ last weekend to celebrate the Fallowfield Loopline and gather views to help improve the popular walking, scooting and cycling path.

An online survey is still live for contributions relating to the festival until 30 September.

There was live music, local food and drink, as well as nature, community and arts and crafts activities along the six mile path. Two of the best dressed bees on the Bee Ride won a Micro-Sprite Scooter plus accessories.

The Fallowfield Loopline is Manchester’s most popular urban traffic-free cycle way (known affectionately as the Floop), with around 65,000 users a year, and is now part of Chris Boardman’s Beelines Plan.

Rosslyn Colderley, our Director in the North of England said:

“Floopfest celebrated the Fallowfield Loopline and the surrounding local community, and was a chance for us to gather views about how people use the Floop and what improvements they would like to see. It was a fantastic atmosphere with brilliant live music, local food and drink, bees on bikes, arts and crafts and community activities. Thanks to everyone who came, dressed up, took part or gave their views. If you haven’t filled out a questionnaire about the Fallowfield Loop please contribute to our online survey.”

The Fallowfield Loopline is six miles long and runs from Chorlton to Debdale. The route, which we own and manage, is part of Chris Boardman’s new Beelines plan launched in June, to create 1,000 miles of cycle and walking routes in Greater Manchester. The former railway line closed in 1988 and was created into a cycle route in 2001.

FloopFest was funded by PukkaTea and MicroScooters provided prizes for winning Bee Riders.

Please contribute your views by taking part in the Floop Fest Survey