by Iain Roberts on 27 February, 2014
A new bike shop, Bikehaus, will open on Stonepail Road, Gatley in April if all goes to plan for cyclist owner Andy Hilton.
Andy’s come on the Gatley Facebook page to tell everyone about his plans and he’s set up a Bikehaus Facebook page here.
We wish Andy every success with Bikehaus. Not only is Gatley a regular haunt for road cyclists (often to be seen taking a break at Coffee Fix) but we’re also seeing the biggest ever investment in cycle infrastructure around Gatley and Cheadle.
Last week I tried out the new cycle-friendly route from Gatley to Cheadle, made possible thanks to recent improvements just over the last few months. It’s not quite as quick as the busy road road (though because there are no traffic lights, it’s not as big a difference as you might think – you can cycle a long way while other people are waiting for the lights to change at the Gatley junction!).
The road starts at Gatley station. Walk your bike through the alleyway to South Park Road, then cycle along South Park Road, under Kingsway and round the new cycle path up alongside Kingsway. There are a few steps you have to get down onto the path past Barnes Hospital, but from then on you’ve got a tarmac path onto Mill Lane and from there either down to Brook Road and Cheadle village centre, or to the Alexandra Hospital and onto Manchester Road.
Additional work to improve routes into Manchester along the A34 should be done soon, with work on Manchester Road and upgrading the Trans Pennine Trail to give an off-road route all the way into Stockport will be done in the next year.8 Comments