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October 2015

New bike lanes in action

(2 October 2015)

The way people travel across the city centre, in particular the Oxford Road corridor, is changing. To improve the safety of cyclists, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), in partnership with Manchester City Council, have launched new bike lanes.

The first of these bypass lanes is on Oxford Road opposite Whitworth Park and is being used to run a ‘real-time’ trial before more are built. The new ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lane and bus stop, is easy to spot with its eye-catching design featuring tulips, clogs and windmills. Anyone using it – including cyclists, bus passengers and pedestrians – will be asked for their feedback on the stop.

These bike lanes, which are common in Holland, are designed to make it safer for cyclists passing bus stops. Instead of overtaking a bus, the rider can safely cycle ‘behind’ the bus stop. A coloured cycleway featuring pedestrian crossing points, including a zebra style crossing, informs riders, pedestrians and bus passengers of the layout so they are also able to watch out for each other.

Once complete, the lane will form part of the Wilmslow Road Cycleway which will run from Didsbury village through Rusholme and into the heart of Manchester city centre.