Blackfriars Cycle Lane
Blackfriars Bridge was designated a one-way route and a pop-up cycle lane was added

Salford eyes more pop-up cycle lanes

Dan Whelan

The council aims to implement transport infrastructure projects including a bus gate on Chapel Street East and Victoria Bridge Street, and several pop-up cycle lanes, after receiving £1.5m of active travel funding post pandemic. 

Salford City Council, like other Greater Manchester boroughs, secured £500,000 from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund, and an additional £1m from the first tranche of the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Grant announced earlier this year, to facilitate active travel such as walking and cycling. 

Of the money provided by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Salford has so far spent £110,000 implementing various initiatives to make it easier for people to avoid public transport and maintain social distancing.

These include making Blackfriars a one-way route, creating a pop-up cycling lane, and 2km of additional walking and cycling routes on Irwell Street, Blackfriars Street and Liverpool Street. 

With the latest funding, the council plans to create further cycle lanes on the Oldfield Road Corridor, Liverpool Street and Chapel Street East by mid-September.  

Additionally, a bus gate on Chapel Street, after the junction with Victoria Bridge Street, is proposed. This is intended to restrict general traffic travelling north-east towards Victoria Street, easing congestion and making the road safer for cyclists and pedestrians. 

Salford claims that one million cycling trips are now being made each week across Greater Manchester, an increase of 34% on pre-lockdown levels. Council officers are now working on a delivery programme to fully utilise the grant by the end of March 2021, the authority added. 

The £1m given to Salford from Whitehall’s active travel pot accounted for 34% of the total £3.2m awarded to Greater Manchester authorities. Transport for Greater Manchester is now putting togetehr a £12.7m bid for the second tranche of active travel funding offered by the Government. 

Councils are obliged to spend the money on interventions that reallocate road space to walking and cycling, such as pop=up cycle lanes, and the DfT requires the projects to be delivered by the middle of October. 

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Great news, brilliant to see Salford leading the way ambitiously while Manchester waste more money on space-inefficient cars and ugly roads

By Anonymous

The October deadline sounds problematic. Is that enough time for councils to plan and build proper cycle infrastructure in accordance with the new LTN1/20 standards? Or will we just see the money spent on placing cones and painted-on bike lanes with minimal long-term benefit?

By W

If only the other GM councils shared Salford’s ambition for walking and cycling…

By Active Travel Trev

This is mental illness now. the pandemic is over in the UK. It was always over-hyped and the numbers were going down (officially) BEFORE we imposed Lockdown. Utterly insane that councils are now obsessed with living a fantasy life and making cities look ugly, wasting money over something that doesn’t exist, or that is now 5 times less likely to catch than summer flu and on top, even less likely to be seriously ill from.

Enough is enough. This is utterly absurd and makes no difference AT ALL to numbers or to absolutely anything. This is a mental issue now, not a health one. There are people in charge that need serious assistance over their way of thinking. We have serious priorities and people are dying in far larger numbers of other conditions now and yet the council insists on scaring people. This is disgusting. This money is needed elsewhere and urgently.

By Richard

Sick And tired of this war on cars. They don’t mind squeezing as much money as they can out of motorists though.

By Anonymous

Cyclists can be motorists too you know. Providing quality infrastructure for a range of modes of transport is just common sense and makes the maximum use of available capacity. Some of these people moaning are dinosaurs frankly.

By Motoring Cyclist

Great to see increasing focus on cycling, walking and public transport – city centres should be for people not cars. The rapid increase in population in the city will make cars less and less viable as they clog up the city and produce polluted air. Keep up the good work!

By Anonymous

It is to be hoped they learn from the failed pop-up lane experiment on Chester Road. Circa one bike an hour sails past the gridlock of cars which are taking forever to move a few hundred metres due to only having one lane. Whilst they sit there, inching forwards, they are pumping out fumes. It is a disaster.

Cycle lanes have their place (I’m a cyclist as well as a motorist) but they also are inappropriate in some places too.

By Jonathan M

Absolutely pointless, we do not have the weather for cycling in this country. It is a hobby, mostly for teenagers, not a means of transport, imagine turning up to work in a sweaty suit because you inexplicably cycled to work.

By Dan

Anti-car nazis. Coming to a city near you.

By Love my car

“War on cars” – lol. Cars and their drivers have been at war with cities for decades, parking on pavements, killing children, polluting the air, building horrible motorways and flyovers. Cars are a waste of space in cities and a blot on the landscape, it’s excellent that the people are finally fighting back and reclaiming streets that are rightfully theirs. Car-obsessers can always get their stuff from soul-less retail parks instead. Closing streets to cars across the city centre this summer has shown that Manchester can and does thrive without cars, we don’t need them. Plenty more like this please.

By Anonymous

How do people get to city centres if it isn’t for cars? It’s not like Manchester has a world class transport system. A very limited and heaving tram service; cramped, over crowded train carriages straight from the 60s powered by diesel running on congested Victorian train lines and lets not forget the massive year-on-year decline in bus services. Things might be better if all 3 modes of public transport were integrated like most other major cities but we don’t even have that. Maybe if we fixed our outdated transport system with something that is fit for purpose for a 21st city metropolis maybe less people would feel the need to drive to Manchester. The sooner some people realise that the better but until then we will always have cars in the city centre of Manchester.

By New Wave

The reality is that cars need to be taxed heavily to prevent majority of people from owning one. About 75% of the population basically dont need cars and shouldnt have them.

This plus huge investment in active travel plus public transport will be only thing that provides mode shift.

as somebody once said science progresses one funeral at a time and am afraid that this is also the case with car ownership

By TheFuture

Don’t want to get ‘squeezed’ out of your cash?
Then drive properly and obey the rules of the road, there is no right to drive a car; you drive on license and this right should be taken away more easily.

By Aaron

Every time there is an article on here about cycle lanes it brings the same trolls out. Yes – there is a war on motorists. They tried the carrot but now its the stick.

I cycle into work every day rain or shine (pre-pandemic) and use one of the MCC cycle hubs to park my bike safely and have a shower. More cycle lanes means more people will feel comfortable cycling in, less cars of the roads etc etc. It took the cycle route on Oxford Road to convince me it was safe enough to cycle in, others will have their barriers to getting on their bikes and the more we can remove these and promote active transport the better.

By Bradford

We wouldn’t hire anybody who didn’t have a car

By Dan

Pedestrianising a few streets is fine, but that’s the most that will ever happen. I will drive my car without apology. Comments on the internet won’t stop me.

By Mr Ford

Yes the cyclists are great. They get to the traffic lights and most of them don’t stop, they go straight through when the lights are on red. Cyclists go on pavements as well at speed and most of them don’t care about pedestrians. Also in the dark, half of cyclists don’t have any lights on and half of them are dressed in dark clothes. Yet all the councils bend over backwards for cyclists who don’t pay a penny towards bike lanes.

By Darren born bred.

I love cycling instead of driving. It means I have £5,000 extra a year to spend on fun things like going out and holidays, instead of boring car parts and MOTs. Cars are a prison. I would much rather turn up to work sweaty but fit, healthy and happy. The motorists at work always turned up sttressed and agitated from having to sit in traffic for hours and then pay £15 parking.

By Anonymous

I love driving but i wish they would have more broader bike lanes to rid the road of hitting those swerving cyclists who cant ride straight, that you have to swerve out of the way for which can be very dangerous.
Of course, the cyclists should pay for these lanes themselves through a yearly bicycle tax, and if they cause a car crash through drifting close to an oncoming vehicle they should be charged with reckless cycling.

By Anonymous

Imagine cycling your three kids to school every day, or to the beach on the weekend

By Dan

Cyclists pay tax too and in fact ALL tax payers contribute to road maintenance. As a non-motorist should I invoice motorists to reclaim my contribution to building and maintaining their infrastructure? Or maybe we should convert to 100% toll roads?

By Blinkered motorist

I am 83years of age allmost housebound as I am afraid to walk along the footpath having been knocked over too many times by grown men cycling on footpath.they should be the ones who are housebound if they are not competent to use the road. They should pay tax n insurance as do motorists.

By Ana