Masterplan for UK's biggest cycling network in Manchester
A multi-million pound plan has been announced to introduce thousands of miles of cycle and walking lanes across Greater Manchester.
The ten year proposal - estimated to cost £1.5 billion - includes segregated cycle lanes which have been labeled 'Beelines' which will be highlighted in yellow with a 'worker bee' symbol.
Not only does the plan factor cyclists but there will also be 'filtered neighbourhoods' where people have priority over vehicles with places to sit, play and socialise (as depicted below).
The aim is to connect the community and make cycling and walking safe as well as offering an alternative to driving across the region.
The cycling and walking network will be the biggest of its kind in the whole of the UK.
In the city centre, we already have the 'Dutch-style' cycle lanes in place where cyclists are clearly segregated from the main road.
In the new proposal, on busy roads like this, there would be similar segregation as well as continuous footways and side road zebra crossings for pedestrians.
This map shows the plans for each borough so you can see what is in store for your area.
Jeremy Smith, senior solicitor at Potter Rees Dolan, said:
This looks like great news, especially for those of us who cycle into work and face a daily battle with the traffic. More segregated routes and safer crossings can only be a good thing. Let’s hope they deliver on the promises!
Why not take a look at our sister website, Bicycle Assist, for easy, practical support for cyclists living in and around Greater Manchester.
We provide legal advice for cyclists as we're passionate about cycling and believe that cyclists should have as much support as other road users, particularly following an accident.
Bicycle Assist is a source of information any keen cyclist should consider as we cover everything you need to know about what to do before and after an accident.
Jeremy Smith is a personal injury solicitor with Potter Rees Dolan. Should you have any queries about the issues raised in this article and wish to speak with Jeremy or any other member of the team please contact us on 0161 237 5888.