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News release: Greater Manchester: ‘Getting Moving on Cycling’?

30th March 2012
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On Friday 30th March, Love Your Bike are inviting people to join one of the Bike Friday ‘cycle to work’ rides [1] to support the launch of ‘Getting Moving: A Manifesto for Cycling In Greater Manchester’.

The manifesto contains six key demands to support and encourage more people to choose to cycle and walk in Greater Manchester. These demands will be raised with all local council candidates in the local elections in May. The demands are supported by over 15 GM-based organisations including British Cycling [2], CTC, Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, GM Directors of Public Health Network and Sustrans. [3]

The document calls on Greater Manchester local authorities to support and work towards the following objectives:

* Cycling infrastructure should be high quality, consistent and appropriate.

* Cycling should be fully integrated into the public transport system.

* On-road cycling training courses should be provided free of charge for adults.

* Residential areas should have a default speed limit of 20mph. [4]

* Campaigns to promote cycling from A to B should be bold, sustained and targeted.

* 20% of Greater Manchester journeys under 5 miles made by bike by 2020.

Dr Graeme Sherriff from Love Your Bike said: “Cycling can help people save money, get exercise and feel healthier. Our manifesto for cycling highlights how Greater Manchester can develop a bold cycling strategy to encourage and support more people to cycle, more often.”

The Bike Friday event provides a range of cycle rides into the City Centre from various locations across Manchester and works with companies and local authorities in Greater Manchester to promote cycling, improve cycle facilities and encourage more people to cycle to school, work and for leisure all year round.

Photo opportunity: Friday 30th March, 8.30am. Supporters will be displaying the key demands of the manifesto for cycling on large banners.
Location: outside Eastern Bloc, 5A Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DN.

ENDS

CONTACTS FOR COMMENTS
Pete Abel, Love Your Bike campaign. Mobile: 07951 642858

Graeme Sherriff, Manchester Friends of the Earth, Transport Campaign co-ordinator Mobile: 07948 405071.

Notes to Editors:
[1] 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 by The Titchy Coffee Co, High Street, Manchester City Centre, M4 1EY.  The Bike Friday 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 part of the Love Your Bike Campaign.  New Bike Friday route. Worsley, Monton, Salford to Manchester City Centre. Start time 7.40am.   For details of the routes see: www.bikefriday.org or join the Bike Friday Facebook group www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=99198337652

[2] “Manchester is already recognised as one of the top international cities for cycling as a sport. The National Cycling Centre in Sportcity is the home of governing body British Cycling and the world class velodrome track and new indoor BMX Centre provide the facilities for our record breaking Olympic cycling team including Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. We now need to step up a gear and create a truly world class cycling environment for everyone.” (British Cycling comment).

[3] The document is embargoed until 6am Friday 30th March, and will be available on www.loveyourbike.org. A preview for the media is available at https://manchesterfoe.org.uk/cyclingmanifesto_preview.pdf .

[4] A ‘Infrastructure and cyclist safety’ report, published by the Department for Transport highlights that the 53% of cyclists fatalities and 78% of serious injuries occurred in 30mph speed limits compared to 1% in 20mph areas.  The report concluded that “Of all interventions to increase cycle safety, the strongest evidence is for the benefits resulting from reduction in motorised vehicle speed”. Page 16  www.trl.co.uk/online_store/reports_publications/trl_reports/cat_road_user_safety/report_infrastructure_and_cyclist_safety.htm

[5] 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
In December,  Love Your Bike group were winners of the 2011 Be Proud “Green Futures” award for their pioneering work encouraging people across Manchester to live a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle by leaving their cars at home.