Although we might not have the millions of pounds London has been able to put into its “Boris Bikes” and cycle highways, in Stockport we’re good at making effective use of what we do have.
That’s why I’m putting around £100,000 into improving cycle facilities in our district centres across the Borough, and asking councillors in each area what they think should be the priority in their patch.
The options are:
- Cycle stands for secure parking
- Canopies for groups of cycle stands
- Good quality padlocks for shoppers
- Contra-flow cycle lanes on one-way streets
- Review “No cycling” orders on paths and remove “Cyclist dismount” signs where possible
- More dropped kerbs on cycle routes
- Leaflets advertising cycle times between locations
- Cycling information boards for District Centres
- Improved cycle signing, including listing journey times
We can do a lot of that with the £100,000 (see page 93 of the Area Committee agenda for more details, including how much we estimate each item will cost).
Different areas will have different priorities, depending on what’s on the ground at the moment and what they want to achieve, so I want to get guidance from the local councillors right across Stockport on how they would prioritise these items in their area, along with any specific issues they feel need addressing, so we can get on and do the work.