Manchester Velocity £20m funding campaign

by bikeboy76   May 4, 2013  

Our vision to transform cycling in Greater Manchester – help us make it happen

Greater Manchester has made a bid to secure £20 million of national investment, to be spent over two years, to make cycling safer and easier. If successful this will be the first phase of the ambitious Vélocity 2025 strategy which will see cycling in Greater Manchester transformed over the next 12 years.

It comes as part of the government’s Cycle City Ambition Grant (CCAG), which offers financial support for ambitious long-term plans for cycling in British cities and city regions.

Greater Manchester wants to kick-start a generational shift with a programme that has the potential to make cycling a part of everyday life and increase, by 2025, the number of people cycling by 300%.

If CCAG funds are awarded, they would unlock cycling investment for Vélocity 2025 worth £150 to £200 million from a range of public and private partners.

You can help us make our cycle city — our Vélocity 2025 — come to life by showing your support and clicking on the pledge link.

http://cycling.tfgm.com/velocity

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I have added my email to support, but all of this is pointless unless they start fixing the roads now. The roads will just be gravel in 12 years time and unrideable. They are bidding for a pot of money shared with other major cities, and if they do not get what they want, what happens then? There is not a drop of blue paint in Manchester yet. And looking at that map what happens to the bike lanes in between these superhighways?

Councils should have cycle lanes designed into every new/repaired main road project so that it is properly costed. Land needs to be taken back from wide pavements and grass verges for bike lanes (it is only 1 metre we need) and drains need to be sited under pavements/into curbs. We need practical change now, not grand visions in a never realized future.

Regardless, please sign.

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I commute 20 miles a day in manchester (hulme to dukinfield and back). I dont want cycle lanes, just responsible drivers who don't use a mobile, apply makeup or eat their dinner while driving.

posted by GREGJONES [112 posts]
4th May 2013 - 16:45

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NO, Manchester is the "home" of British cycling, if they want to sort it out, then fine.

I am against the government giving more money out to paint some marks on the road and "make cycling safer" until a proper NATIONAL plan is in place, not just region by region. It needs to be a nation wide plan, so that EVERYONE is singing from the same sheet, else we will have huge differences in what local area's put in place.

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
4th May 2013 - 19:10

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