Cycling and the Bee Network
Cycling corridor provision will be provided via investment in two new parallel routes. The £4.2 million Northern and Eastern Gateway will become the second city centre cycling and walking corridor to be funded by the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund. The route will connect the neighbourhoods of Ancoats, New Islington, New Cross, New Town, Redbank and the Green Quarter by creating a high-quality, continuous east-west walking and cycling route for the north and east city centre fringe.
The new route will link to Cheetham Hill via an improved walking / cycling bridge crossing the River Irk through the developing New Cross area. There will be a new walking and cycling bridge crossing the Ashton Canal, making it easier to cross Rochdale Road or Oldham Road to reach Ancoats Urban Village and via the New Islington Canal basin to Pollard Street.
The Northern and Eastern Gateway scheme has been proposed to complement the £9.1m Great Ancoats Street scheme, which will deliver a tree-lined route with widened, de-cluttered pavements and enhanced, relocated crossings, allowing pedestrians and people on bikes to cross the busy inner ring road more safely and conveniently.
It would run parallel to Great Ancoats to the north, while Challenge Fund investment for an £11.6m Piccadilly - Victoria cycling and walking route - which will run parallel to Great Ancoats Street to its south and include improvements for people travelling on foot or by bike to Thomas Street and Stevenson Square - was confirmed in March 2019
Further planned improvements, such as the upgrading of the Rochdale Canal towpath towards Newton Heath as an improved walking and cycling corridor, will provide a strong network of safe routes in and around this part of the city. This will be further improved with more exciting projects in the pipeline.
Read more about how the Bee Network will help Manchester's cyclists have safe and convenient routes available to them.