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A Healthy Challenge

Took part this morning in the Commuter Challenge. Five of us leaving from the car park of Crumpsall Green Methodist Church at 8am to see who would arrive at Albert Square first. There was me on my bike, Pavel on his goods bike ( carries up to 180kg ), Helen on the bus, Charlotte on the tram, and Rob travelling by car. Not surprisingly, the bikes arrived first, making the journey in fourteen minutes, twenty three minutes ahead of the next arrival.

It wasn't an entirely fair test. I was the only Crumpsall resident so had to point Helen to the bus stop, and Charlotte ( despite being the MEN's transport correspondent ) to the tram stop, and also prevented Rob from taking a route that would have seen him turning into a road closed to vehicular traffic over a decade ago. The second city crossing works also have an impact. As someone who travels regularly by tram when I'm not on my bike, I currently allow an extra ten minutes for my journey. However I do use all four modes, bike, bus, tram, car, reasonably regularly for the Crumpsall to the Town Hall journey, and generally speaking the bike is always quicker, definitely cheaper, and very much healthier.

Spent a couple of days in Liverpool earlier in the week. The Core Cities Cabinet had a very positive meeting with our LEP ( local enterprise partnership ) equivalent's Chairs on Tuesday afternoon, and the Cabinet then met on Wednesday morning. However the main reason we were in Liverpool was for the Global Leaders Summit, city leaders from around the world coming together to share their experiences, part of the International Festival of Business 2014. IFB is important for a whole range of reasons, not least, although centred in Liverpool this is a national event - a national business event not happening in London. Manchester has been actively supporting our colleagues in Liverpool, and indeed four festival events are being held here. I hope it will be a tremendous success because that will benefit not only Liverpool but the whole of the North including Manchester.

There are 2 responses to “A Healthy Challenge”

  1. Nigel Blandford Says:

    Interesting to see the bike was so much quicker. I guess more would use this option if there were more safe, segregated, priority bike paths.

  2. Paul Buchanan Says:

    I think Messrs Helen, Charlotte and Rob should give serious consideration to a stewards enquiry!
    Perhaps they should ask to see Pavel's helmet cam coverage at the junction of Cross Street and King Street, where the temporary traffic lights stay on red for a particularly long time. Mr Leese dismounted and walked across the junction, before re-seating back on his bicycle to continue towards the Town Hall.
    The junction before that, Pavel was desperately urging Mr Leese not to go through the red light there too.
    I should know as I was on my bike right behind them.
    Not sure I would fancy taking him on at a game of Tiddlywinks!



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