Show your support for the Chorlton to Manchester Cycle Way!
Love Your Bike, Manchester Friends of the Earth’s cycle campaign, have launched a simple online action to encourage people to show their support for the Chorlton to 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. 
Graeme Sheriff , Manchester Friends of the Earth sustainable transport campaigner said: “Greater Manchester wants to become a world-class cycling city and has set a target of 10% of all journeys to be made by bicycle by 2025. To achieve this we must deliver the safe cycling routes that people need and support the Chorlton to Manchester Cycleway and invest in similar schemes across Greater Manchester.”
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. 
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.
Notes to Editors:
 See Support the Chorlton Cycling and Walking Route https://www.manchesterfoe.org.uk/chorltonwalkingandcycling
 The Chorlton – Manchester Cycle Way Consultation is available at: https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/200024/consultations_and_surveys/7699/manchester_to_chorlton_cycling_and_walking_route_proposals/1
 See Made to Move https://www.tfgm.com/made-to-move
 Bike Life Report 2017. https://www.sustrans.org.uk/bikelifegreatermanchester
 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%. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39641122
 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