Projects to ‘kick-start’ Manchester’s cycling and walking network

11.49 | 26 July 2018 | | 0 comments

A host of cycling and walking schemes, including six miles of Dutch-style cycle lanes, are being considered by authorities in Manchester.

The 15 projects, which will form part of Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking network, have been put forward for funding and will now be discussed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

If approved, approximately £30m would be provided to implement the schemes, which would benefit all 10 of the Greater Manchester local authorities.

Work on the schemes, the largest of which would see the creation of a £13.4m segregated cycling route between Chorlton and Manchester city centre, would begin by the end of the year.

The proposed projects will deliver 60 new and upgraded crossings and junctions, as well as 15 miles of new cycling and walking routes – including the six miles of Dutch-style cycle lanes which are separated from motor traffic.

Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, said: “We asked Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities to hit the ground running and they’ve been able to turn these first proposed projects around very quickly.

“This is a real achievement in itself and will help us to keep up momentum on transforming the city-region into a better place to be.

“The list of proposed projects is the first of many for each local authority and we hope to publish the next list in the coming weeks.

“One thing we won’t compromise on is quality; we’re working closely with all 10 local authorities to ensure that every single project on this list meets a tough set of design standards.

“Only by doing this will we enable thousands more people to consider making more trips on foot or by bike.”

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “The network will connect every community in Greater Manchester, opening up our neighbourhoods and making it far easier to travel on foot or by bike to school, to the shops, to work.”


 

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