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Oxford road plans for buses, cars and bikes shown

Proposals for Dutch-style cycle lanes on Manchester's Oxford Road are to go to public consultation - but they have already been welcomed by cyclists in the city.

The council has pledged £54 million to improve the way people can get about the city by bus and bike.

The cycle lanes are particularly carefully designed around bus stops and are completely traffic-free, as they run along on the pavement separated from cars by a kerb.

Under the plans a mile long stretch would be completely free of cars. If they are approved, work would start next year and be finished in 2015.

Pete Abel, from the Love Your Bike campaign group, told the Manchester Evening News: “Love Your Bike has been lobbying for Dutch-style cycle routes on the Oxford Road corridor since the first consultation in 2009.

“We welcome the new designs and will be encouraging people to respond positively to the consultation.

“Most people would love to cycle but do not feel safe on the roads. A Dutch-style cycle network would encourage more people to cycle more often.

“Love Your Bike hopes that the Greater Manchester Cycling City Ambition bid is successful so we can begin to create a Dutch-style network across the whole of Greater Manchester.”

Coun Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM Committee, said: “With traffic level rising, it’s crucial that we make sure people can easily get around our city by more suitable transport – in this case by bus, bike or on foot.

“Oxford Road is one of the busiest bus routes in Europe and we want it to offer a European style travel experience, not just for bus passengers, but pedestrians and cyclists.”

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.