Manchester Evening News

Capital of Cycling celebratio­n


MANCHESTER’S selection as the first European Capital of Cycling has been celebrated at a special event.

Civic leaders have described it as a significan­t moment for the cycling movement in the city. It is hoped it will act as a catalyst for the city region to win further funding in the future for cycling.

On Sunday, councillor­s and residents came together at Station South, a cycling workshop and cafe in Levenshulm­e.

Cyclists were able to enjoy planned rides to Debdale Reservoir and Wythenshaw­e Bike Track.

A new website – mcrcapital­ofcycling2­ includes details of future events and guidance and support on making the switch to cycling.

Cycling is at the forefront of the council’s future transport policies, with plans in place to expand people’s access to cycle lanes throughout the city.

City council leader Bev Craig said: “This truly is a great moment for the cycling movement in Manchester and we hope to be able to use our position as the Capital of Cycling to drive interest as well as investment to our city, expanding people’s ability to get on a bike and enjoy the benefits that can bring.

“From being part of a community, to improving your physical and mental health, to playing your part in improving air quality, cycling can have a truly transforma­tive impact on our neighbourh­oods.”

New cycleways are being built as part of the Bee Network and statistics showed that on a day in October last year, almost 7,000 cyclists used the Oxford Road cycle route – a new record.

A transport strategy aims for 90 per cent of all journeys to the city centre to be made via public transport, walking or cycling by 2040, part of Manchester’s goal to be a zero-carbon city by 2038.

Harry Radford, a Great Britain Cycling Team track sprinter, said: “As someone who grew up and started their cycling journey in Manchester, this is a very special thing to see.”

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Manchester’s first Capital of Cycling event was held in Levenshulm­e

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