Get on your bike! Cycle route to city set for big upgrade
ONE of the busiest bike routes in the north west is about to be upgraded.
Manchester Council is due to start work on a stretch of Wilmslow Road, which runs through Withington and Fallowfield, as part of the ‘Cycle City’ plan to make Manchester more bikefriendly.
The run is used by more than a thousand cyclists every day.
The improvements are the first phase of a series of works taking place along the entire stretch of Wilmslow Road, from Didsbury Village to Rusholme.
Work will begin this month to install raised kerbs to separate cyclists from traffic and a series of kerbed islands will be introduced.
Advanced stop lines, giving cyclists a head start from cars, will also be created – with special toucan crossings designed to help cyclists cross the road.
Cycle lanes will run behind bus stops keeping bikes separate from buses, but raised areas will enable pedestrians to cross the lanes more easily.
Busy junctions with roads, such as Mauldeth Road, Copson Street and Palatine Road, will also be improved to make them safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
A marked shared space will be created through the centre of Withington with a 20 mile per hour speed limit set for all traffic, while extra bike parking will also be set up
yclists, residents and businesses were consulted in January. It ran separately to a consultation on cycling provision in Rusholme, which closed on March 27.
The scheme is being planned as part of the Greater Manchester wide Cycle City Programme, which aims to boost the numbers of cycle journeys being made across the region by creating a network of quality cycle routes.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester Council’s lead member for the city’s Cycle City Programme, said: “This scheme will make a massive difference to the thousands of people who use this cycle route every day.
“It is an important piece of the jigsaw that will see us transforming facilities for cyclists both along the Wilmslow Road corridor, and across the city, making it easier for people to get about by bike.”
Cllr Luthfur Rahman cycling in Withington which will have a designated cycle path