by Iain Roberts on 16 May, 2013
Greater Manchester is bidding for £20 million of Government funding to provide a major boost to cycling across the area.
Only one large city region will win, but if we get it we’ll see major improvements – including a lot of segregated cycle paths – built by the end of 2015. You can see more details of the Vélocity 2025 bid here.
For Cheadle and Gatley, winning the bid would see:
We should find out if Greater Manchester has won this funding in the next six weeks.
These improvements would be on top of what’s already a major cycling boost secured for the Cheadle area that includes
Why do all of this? Even taken all together, it’s a small amount of money compared to what we spend just maintaining existing roads across Stockport, but the rewards are potentially great.
If we can get even 5% of people to switch from cars to bikes for short journeys, we’d see a major improvement in congestion and shorter queues at junctions. Those people would be healthier too, so they’d cost the NHS less. If we can get more people cycling, the money we spend on facilities should be saved on health and road repairs many times over.