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Roads & transport Cycleway upgrades and proposals

Most consultations on the latest region-wide network of safe, high-quality, joined-up cycle routes closed in early 2015. We'll post the results here soon.

We're re-shaping our region to make cycling part of our culture, connecting Greater Manchester's 2.7million residents to their schools, shops, work and leisure spots while cutting noise and pollution. 

We already have some great cycling facilities – but not enough, and they're not well connected. These 'better by cycle' projects, underway across Greater Manchester, will help fix that: joining up routes, making them safer, and getting more people cycling.

Originally called 'Vélocity 2025' this £20million project is a brilliant, ambitious vision for cyclists, inspired by our partnerships with local groups and organisations such as British Cycling, Sustrans and the CTC (Cyclists' Touring Club).

Vélocity: the bigger picture on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

Wilmslow Road Cycleway - consultation closed
This would be an improved on-the-road, mostly segregated cycle route from central Manchester to Didsbury Village and West Didsbury with links to the Trans Pennine Trail, to East Didsbury, the Mersey Valley, Stockport and Cheadle.

Platt Lane to Didsbury Village proposals consultation closed 2 January 2015.

Moss Lane East to Dickenson Road proposals - closed 27 March 2015.

Airport Cycleway - consultation closed 1 December 2014
This route would create and improve cyclepaths and links between the airport's new developments and nearby homes, connecting with Wythenshawe hospital, the town centre and industrial estates. It would link with other proposed cycle routes on surrounding roads, making a continuous cycle route linking to the Bridgewater Canal Cycleway and the popular Regional Cycle Route 85 – an established route round the airport.

Prestwich Cycleway - consultation closed 1 December 2014
Rather than taking a direct route to town, this goes through Heaton Park and along quiet roads and off-road cyclepaths to create a new cycle link from Prestwich and Heaton Park through Blackley, Crumpsall and the Irk Valley. A link to Alan Turing Way feeds into an existing, largely traffic-free orbital cycle route.

Cheetham Hill Road Cycleway - consultation closed 2 January 2015
We would create new cycle lanes on the approach to Queens Road junction, and a traffic-light by-pass for cyclists going north past Manchester Fort. At New Bridge Street we intend to change the traffic island to create southbound cycle lanes and a shared cycleway-footpath over the railway to Corporation Street.

Bridgewater Canal Cycleway
This route would complete the cycle route along the Bridgewater Canal into the basin with improved connections to Manchester City Centre through the junction of Deansgate and Whitworth Street.

We've also previously shared information and gathered comments on two smaller local improvements to cycleways, paths and roads – around East Didsbury and the Mersey Valley. We're incorporating comments we got into those proposals.

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