Manchester calls for more Space for Cycling

Dr Wollaston MP addresses GMCC and CTC cyclists in the Manchester rain Photo: Jonathan Keenan Photography

Manchester calls for more Space for Cycling

Today Tuesday 6 October 2015, CTC and the Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign (GMCC) will take to Manchester streets at 7pm calling for more Space for Cycling.

The peloton of cyclists will meet outside Deansgate station and wind their way around the Manchester Central Convention Centre, where the Conservative Party Conference 2015 is being held. The cyclists will stop briefly outside Bridgewater Hall to be addressed by Chair of the Commons Select Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, who will also be presented with a petition.

The petition compiled by GMCC, but representing views of cyclists from beyond Manchester, calls for:

  • dedicated space for cycling on busy main roads and junctions
  • reduction of motor vehicle volumes and speeds on smaller roads

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (Totnes) and Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee said:

“As a long time campaigner for cycling, I’m delighted to join GMCC and CTC today as they take to Manchester’s streets calling for Space for Cycling.

“Cycling’s benefits in terms of health and the economy are well documented, and I will continue to campaign for conditions which will make cycling a safe and a viable transport option for all people, no matter their age or ability.”

The national Space for Cycling campaign aims to create the conditions where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can cycle safely. It is targeted at councillors, seeking their support for improving cycling at a local level.

Manchester is one of eight cities to receive funding from the Department for Transport dedicated to improving cycling provision. GMCC campaigners point out cycling conditions in Manchester are beginning to improve but more needs to be done, citing the bus stop bypasses on Oxford Rd and the elimination of the rat run on Heald Place (Rusholme) as positive firsts steps.

We’re slowly starting to see the sort of Space for Cycling Manchester has been crying out for, but there are still large parts of Greater Manchester which are yet to see any change."  

Nick Hubble, GMCC campaigner 

Nick Hubble, GMCC campaigner said: “The case for providing better provision for cycling in Greater Manchester is stronger than ever. Over the summer the closure of the Mancunian Way, combined with a range of roadworks across the city, showed the fragility of a car-based design for the region’s transport system, as the road network struggled to cope with the volume of displaced vehicles.

“Higher levels of cycling mean a cleaner, safer, healthier, less congested and more liveable city that benefits people who already cycle, people who would like to cycle more as well as people who don’t cycle at all, and that’s why we’re demanding Space for Cycling this evening.”

Sam Jones, CTC Campaigns and Communications Coordinator said:

“Changes to cycle conditions in the UK are reliant upon local authorities seeing the health and economic benefits of creating Space for Cycling. But it is Westminster which will provide the funds for them to do so.

“Today’s ride in Manchester has told a Conservative Government what cycling needs. Now they need to keep their promise and provide funding of at least £10 per head in the forthcoming Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, and the national design standards to ensure the money is well spent.”

Space for Cycling - Manchester 06 Oct 15

A huge thanks to the 200+ cyclists and Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign who took to the rain sodden Manchester streets last night calling for #SpaceforCycling at the Conservative Party Conference 2015!As you can see despite the weather, spirits were high!

Posted by CTC - The National Cycling Charity on Wednesday, 7 October 2015

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Notes to editors 
  1. For further information on CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.
  2. Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign is a voluntary group working to make cycling in Greater Manchester quicker, safer, easier and more enjoyable.  
  3. For further information on Space for Cycling visit:  
  4. The Cycling and Walking Strategy forms part of the Infrastructure Act and will legally bind the Government to investing in cycling and walking. 
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