The public consultation period for the Manchester to Chorlton Cycleway scheme has been extended by a fortnight, due to the high volume of responses received.
More than 1,000 responses have already been submitted and the consultation will now continue until Friday 25 January, giving even more people the chance to have their say.
Local residents, businesses, community groups and other interested parties are invited to review the proposals and take part in the consultation by visiting www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations.
A public event about the scheme will be held on Thursday 10 January at Oswald Road Primary School, Oswald Road, M21 9PL (7-9pm). This event will include a Q&A discussion with a panel including Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester's Walking & Cycling Commissioner (7-8pm), followed by workshops (8-9pm).
The Manchester to Chorlton cycling and walking route is being proposed by Manchester City Council, the One Trafford Partnership, Transport for Greater Manchester and Chris Boardman.
Running along Barlow Moor Road, Manchester Road, Upper Chorlton Road and Chorlton Road, the new five kilometre route will benefit local residents and anyone wishing to cycle between the city centre and the Chorlton area.
The route has been designed using best-practice examples from the UK and other European cities with an established cycling culture. It has been designed in partnership by TfGM's walking and cycling team and Manchester City Council engineers, who this year won the National Transport Award for Excellence in Cycling and Walking for their work on the Wilmslow Road / Oxford Road corridor.
The Chorlton route will feature Dutch-style segregated cycling and walking lanes and some of the most advanced junctions in the UK.
£13.4 million is being invested in the new route, with funding coming from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund and the government’s Cycle Cities Ambition Grant.
Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “The level of public interest in our scheme to transform this route for the benefit of all road users has been unprecedented and with responses continuing to pour in, we’re extending the consultation by another fortnight, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to have their say.
“We’re really excited by the possibilities of this scheme and hope that it can become an exemplar project to inspire further cycleways citywide. But first, we want to make sure that everyone who lives locally or who uses the route has the opportunity to take a look at the proposed design and have their voice heard.”
Greater Manchester's Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman, said: “I’m thrilled that the scheme has got people in Chorlton, Whalley Range and beyond talking. These plans will give people a true alternative to the car and I want to encourage everyone to respond to the consultation and have their say.”