by Iain Roberts on 12 August, 2013
The Government have announced that the Greater Manchester Velocity bid – which seeks to get 10% of GM journeys on bike by 2025, has been successful and, as a result, an additional £31 million is going to be invested in improving cycling facilities across GM.
We’ve worked closely with Greater Manchester and this money will add to over a million pounds we’ve already secured to improve cycling around Cheadle and Gatley.
I believe this strategy is absolutely critical if we’re to beat traffic problems in our area. We’ve only a limited amount of roadspace for car and lorries to go on. We can do nothing, in which case the problem just gets worse and worse. We can build new and bigger roads, which would work but is very expensive (the Manchester Airport to A6 Relief Road is one of very few in the area that makes financial sense to build), or we can get people out of their cars and onto bikes, foot and public transport. We don’t need to get everyone out – if just one in eight people made the change it would sort out our roads for years to come.
Readers may remember that we secured over a million pounds to boost cycling around the Cheadle area earlier this year:
The Cheadle Package proposals include:
We’re also consulting on an improved cycle route through the South Park Road Estate and massively improving cycling facilities through Bruntwood Park (where there’s also going to be a new BMX Track) and around Cheadle Royal into Heald Green.
This new money is for the whole of Greater Manchester, but the elements for our area include:
This investment in cycling is by far the greatest we’ve ever seen in the area and I firmly believe is our best opportunity to sort out traffic problems over the coming years.