Improved Cycle option into Manchester announced
Safer more accessible cycling from Chorlton to Manchester is finally on its way.
Chris Boardman and Andy Burnham are now well embedded into their roles in Manchester.
Chris Boardman became Greater Manchester's first ever commissioner for walking and cycling in July 2018. He's been working hard to get evidence based transport decisions made ever since. Guiding local policy and campaigning for less emotionally driven car centric decision making.
Andy Burnham became the Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017 and has been vocal about his mission to reduce air pollution and congestion, with an eye on the ever increasing population of the region.
There is a lot happing behind the scenes regarding cycling and walking infrastructure, but one of the first projects to be announced is an improvement to cycle safety between Chorlton and Manchester City Centre.
The classic route that many cyclists commuting from Chorlton to Manchester take, is obviously the most direct. Barlow Moor Road, Manchester Road, Upper Chorlton Road and Chorlton Road.
The £3.9M scheme, which the council and Chris Boardman are suggesting is 'ambitious', will protect cyclists along popular roads where existing green paint is currently used for parking and turning manoeuvres by motorists.
Chris Boardman is quoted as saying: “What was already set to be a good scheme could now be a game-changer that will lead the way and allow more school runs, work trips and leisure outings to be made without cars. Most importantly, it would make these journeys enjoyable rather than a chore.
“I can’t praise Manchester City Council highly enough for helping us set the bar high and aiming to bring forward a truly inspiring scheme. I look forward to working with councils across Greater Manchester to bring forward similarly ambitious projects.”
The scheme has been split into four areas to assist with consultation. Some parts cross over to the authority of Trafford MBC.
These areas are:
- Chester Road Roundabout to Brooks Bar junction
- Brooks Bar junction to Seymour Grove/Upper Chorlton Road
- Seymour Grove to Wilbraham Road
- Wilbraham Road to Barlow Moor Road (on the Didsbury border)
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