£42m to be spent on creating 100km of cycle routes
A funding boost means a total of £42m will be injected into more than 100km of cycle routes across Greater Manchester.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today announced that £22m would be invested in Greater Manchester’s ‘Cycle City’ scheme.
TfGM announced earlier in the year that a grant application for the Cycle City programme had been successful – but the government confirmed today the award of £22m.
It will be added to the £20m already in the Cycle City programme pot, dubbed‘Phase One’.
Phase One earmarks the £20m for seven major cycle paths totalling 60km -including a scheme in Rusholme, with new images released today showing how the Curry Mile will be transformed by ‘Dutch-style’ lanes if it gets the go-ahead after public consultation.
Plans feature segregated cycle lanes running behind parking bays to keep cyclists separate from other traffic on Wilmslow Road – which is used by more than 2,000 cyclists a day.
Picture: How the curry Mile might look with cycle lanes
Other Phase One projects are around Manchester Airport, Prestwich, Cheetham Hill, Salford, Stockport and the Bridgewater and Ashton canals.
These have come under fire from cycling campaigners who say they are not up to scratch in terms of safety and standards.
But transport bosses insist they will revolutionise cycling in the city.
The latest windfall, to be spent over the next three years, is set to fund ‘Phase Two’ – cycle paths in Chorlton, Stretford, Clippers Quay Bridge, Bridgewater, Rochdale and Bolton.
It’s also earmarked for ‘Cycle Friendly District Centres’ in Cheadle Hulme, Radcliffe, Oldham and Wigan, as well as better bike facilities at transport hubs.
Schools and colleges across Greater Manchester will also benefit from new programmes and improvements.
Councillor Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM Committee, said: “This is great news that will allow us to build upon the fantastic work already under way to make cycling a mainstream option for everyone, regardless of age or ability.
“We have set ourselves an ambitious target – 10 per cent of all journeys to be made by bicycle by 2025 – and the next phase of our Cycle City programme will play a crucial part in achieving it.
“The funding announced today will allow us to build on our established ‘Better By Cycle’ programme of training, information and improvements to cycle facilities.
“The revolution has begun, and we’re building fantastic momentum towards our goal.”