TfGM plots route to Copenhagen-style cycle city
Transport for Greater Manchester and charity Sustrans are launching a new citizens' survey aimed at boosting interest in cycling in Greater Manchester.
The survey, inspired by the success of cycling initiatives in European cities such as Copenhagen, will assess the views of the people of Greater Manchester on how to create a city fit for bicycle use.
TfGM and Sustrans will work together to showcase a vision for increasing cycling and will set up monitoring and evaluation programmes to track progress with results published in a biennial report.
Sustrans is also working with Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol to produce similar bicycle reports for each city. The project is supported by The Freshfield Foundation.
Cllr Andrew Fender, chairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: "This is a bold initiative that will help us achieve our ambition to make Greater Manchester an even greater place to live and work by getting more people on bikes, and by engaging our residents in this process.
"TfGM has made a strong commitment to increase the level of cycling in the area in our Greater Manchester Cycle Strategy and we believe that benchmarking our work with other areas will help us and others deliver a better future for cycling."
Through its Velocity 2025 cycling vision Greater Manchester is set to introduce an initial 56km network of – where possible – separated cycle lanes. The target is for 10% of trips to be made by bike by 2025 subject to continued government funding.
Between 2011 and 2015 Greater Manchester will have received £37m government funding for cycling improvements ranging from cycle hubs, to new cycle routes and road safety improvements.