Get on your bike! Cy­cle route to city set for big up­grade

Stockport Times East - - NEWS - Char­lotte Cox

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

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