Bike Friday: Support the Chorlton – Manchester Cycle Way!
On Friday 30th November, Love Your Bike are encouraging people to join the Chorlton Bike Friday route and show their support for the proposed Chorlton – Manchester Cycle Way.
Manchester City Council are leading a consultation on the £13.4 million proposed cycling and walking route from Chorlton to Manchester. The 5km route will run along Barlow Moor Road, through Cholrton and then Manchester Road, Upper Chorlton Road and Chorlton Road, linking with existing routes and continuing towards the Deansgate roundabout at St George’s. 
This is one of the first major schemes designed as part of Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner’s, Made to Move programme. 
The Bike Life Greater Manchester report published in 2017 highlighted that 76% of people in Greater Manchester want to see more money spent on cycling and 77%of residents support building more protected roadside cycle lanes, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic. 
Catherine Thomson, Manchester Friends of the Earth sustainable transport campaigner said: “If Greater Manchester wants to become a world-class cycling city and meet its target of 10% of all journeys to be made by bicycle by 2025 – we need to invest in more schemes like the Chorlton to Manchester Cycleway to deliver the safe cycling routes that people need.”
Making cycling easier and more pleasant is an ideal way to help people save on travel costs, lose weight, become healthier and more active.  More people cycling will also help tackle transport congestion, improve air quality and reduce C02 emissions.
Bike Friday combines a range of cycle rides into the City Centre from various locations as well as working with companies and local authorities in Greater Manchester to promote cycling, improve cycle facilities and to encourage more people to continue cycling to school, work and for leisure all year round. Bike Friday is part of the Love Your Bike campaign. 
Notes to Editors:
 See Made to Move.
 A recent study found that regular cycling cut the risk of death from any cause by 41%, the incidence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%.
 The Bike Friday cycle rides start at 8am from Chorlton Library, Levenshulme Station, Prestwich Pizza Express, Stretford Mall and Withington Library and finish at approx 8.30am at Stevenson Square, M1 in the Northern Quarter. The Worsley, Middleton – Victoria Avenue East, Stockport Plaza, Mersey Square routes start earlier. See the website for details. The BikeFriday cycle rides take place on the morning of the last Friday of every month (except December). The rides go a moderate pace, have experienced ride leaders, are entirely law-abiding and can help people develop more confidence in their cycling abilities.
 Bike Friday is coordinated by Love Your Bike (Manchester Friends of the Earth) and Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign (GMCC)
Love Your Bike is an award winning Manchester based campaign aiming to promote cycling and help make it an even more attractive, accessible and fun way to get around. Co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth, the campaign works in partnership with other like-minded organisations. See www.loveyourbike.org
 Manchester Friends of the Earth is an award-winning environmental campaign group, raising awareness and lobbying for policy changes at a local, regional, national and international level. The group consists entirely of volunteers, and its campaigns are funded by membership fees and individual donations. Up-to-date information is available on the group’s website: www.manchesterfoe.org.uk. Manchester Friends of the Earth is a Licensed Local Group of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. www.foe.co.uk