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Old May 31st, 2017, 12:08 AM   #441
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You better be hoping that guy in the Mercedes is drunk...

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Old June 7th, 2017, 12:57 PM   #442
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New news? Interesting all the same:

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British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit their shared Manchester velodrome.

British Cycling is poised to sever its last remaining physical ties with Team Sky by asking the professional squad to move out of the Manchester velodrome which they have used as a shared home for the past seven years.

Board members at British Cycling are understood to have pushed for a discernible split between the two organisations which have shared a base and personnel since Team Sky were founded in 2010. They believe it would be a significant move in the battle to restore British Cycling’s reputation, with an announcement expected early next week....
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...ster-velodrome
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Old June 7th, 2017, 03:46 PM   #443
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Is there any plan to change or alter dangerous or impractical sections of the new oxford road route?

All of the side streets in rusholme invite conflict. Drivers assume they have right of way when turning from the main rd into the side road, and often the give way markings when entering oxford rd are ignored. (The turning into Walmer St E is particularly bad due to the placement of a high planter between the cycle lane and road reducing visibility to both parties)

Around Brighton grove (southbound) the kerb segregation comes in different widths and unnecessarily narrow the cycle lane - I imagine trikes or bikes with trailers could be severely slowed here.

The on pavement stretch around owens park (southbound) has always been poor and invites conflict between pedestrians and cyclists - I assumed this would've been changed with the new scheme. The section after this, off-pavement, but raised prevents exit of the lane which is a bit annoying when it generally guides you into a parked bus...

After this (southbound) I presume the funding ran out?
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Old June 7th, 2017, 11:56 PM   #444
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After all the money spent, unlikely there will be any further changes made unless collisions cause a rethink
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Old June 12th, 2017, 12:23 PM   #445
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[B] 'Uber for bikes': Chinese firm eyes global dominion with launch in Manchester./b]

Mobike to open ‘dockless’ bike share scheme in Manchester with initial 1,000 bikes as Chinese companies take aggressive battle for market share to the west.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...ina-global-ofo
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Old June 14th, 2017, 05:39 PM   #446
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Old June 15th, 2017, 02:14 PM   #447
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The Oxford Rd cycle paths look a bit underused in these photos!
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Old June 15th, 2017, 05:41 PM   #448
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They're busy down near the uni. Unfortunately the lane by where the precinct used to be is blocked until construction of the new shops is finished, so that may be a disincentive for those travelling further north.
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Old June 21st, 2017, 08:39 AM   #449
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Give it time also - the cycle super highways in east london were dead for the first 6 months - now they're really busy!
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Old June 21st, 2017, 09:47 AM   #450
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Velocity 2025 | The General Greater Manchester Cycling Thread

Canal and river trust campaign to share canal towpaths- no one has right of way.
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about...s-for-everyone

Radio Manchester mentioned Timperley to Stretford as a cycle "motorway" . The Bridgewater belongs to Peel via Manchester Ship Canal Co not governed by C&R trust.
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Old June 21st, 2017, 09:49 AM   #451
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The weather's finally decent, those old crappy 10 speed will be getting dusted off as we speak... It's like cycling through champagne out there
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Old June 21st, 2017, 11:52 AM   #452
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Canal and river trust campaign to share canal towpaths- no one has right of way.
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about...s-for-everyone

Radio Manchester mentioned Timperley to Stretford as a cycle "motorway" . The Bridgewater belongs to Peel via Manchester Ship Canal Co not governed by C&R trust.
There's a real problem between altrincham and stretford (at least) with speed along the canal. The path is just too narrow for speeds in excess of 20mph.

I don't see it improving without a reasonable alternative route. I'd class myself as a confident cyclist, covering thousands of KMs a year often on poor roads, but I wouldn't consider the A56 to be a safe option at all. It's a road with a huge amount of space, with none of it given over to cycling.
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Old June 21st, 2017, 08:10 PM   #453
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I love cycling. But I drive – because I fear for my life

Helen Pidd

While my London friends upgrade their carbon frames, my Manchester pals splurge on personalised number plates. Is it any wonder, when bike schemes up north seem designed to wipe us all out?


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Old June 21st, 2017, 11:34 PM   #454
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There's a real problem between altrincham and stretford (at least) with speed along the canal. The path is just too narrow for speeds in excess of 20mph.

I don't see it improving without a reasonable alternative route. I'd class myself as a confident cyclist, covering thousands of KMs a year often on poor roads, but I wouldn't consider the A56 to be a safe option at all. It's a road with a huge amount of space, with none of it given over to cycling.
I often walk my dog in the morning on sections of the canal between the Mersey south of Stretford to the World Freight Centre, as well as the branch from Watersmeet to at least Kelloggs.

It's an absolute nightmare during morning peak times (which can be from 7am) with way too many bikes going way too fast and often with little consideration for this being a shared path (and I say this as a cyclist).

There's nowhere near enough capacity and it really feels like Trafford Council did a handy bit of sleight of hand to avoid building proper safe bike routes.
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Old June 22nd, 2017, 12:05 PM   #455
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I often walk my dog in the morning on sections of the canal between the Mersey south of Stretford to the World Freight Centre, as well as the branch from Watersmeet to at least Kelloggs.

It's an absolute nightmare during morning peak times (which can be from 7am) with way too many bikes going way too fast and often with little consideration for this being a shared path (and I say this as a cyclist).

There's nowhere near enough capacity and it really feels like Trafford Council did a handy bit of sleight of hand to avoid building proper safe bike routes.

Definitely, and it's a shame.

The canal is a really good resource, but it's much better suited to recreation than commuting, it's perfect for social rides at 8 - 15mph

I find the winter is the worst, people have ridiculously high lumen rated lights pointing upward - completely blinding anyone in their path. I told one guy to either dip his light or use a lower setting and he just swore at me - really doesn't do much for the perception of cyclists.

As it stands there seem to be a lot of complaints about inappropriate and dangerous cycling along the canal and there have been suggestions of further bollards or speed bumps.
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Definitely, and it's a shame.

The canal is a really good resource, but it's much better suited to recreation than commuting, it's perfect for social rides at 8 - 15mph

I find the winter is the worst, people have ridiculously high lumen rated lights pointing upward - completely blinding anyone in their path. I told one guy to either dip his light or use a lower setting and he just swore at me - really doesn't do much for the perception of cyclists.

As it stands there seem to be a lot of complaints about inappropriate and dangerous cycling along the canal and there have been suggestions of further bollards or speed bumps.
The problem here is that cyclists should be on the roads. Unfortunately the roads are dangerous as a result of dismal infrastructure and terrible driving standards.

Encouraging cyclists to use canal towpaths is no solution but it provides councils with a very cheap way of being able to say they're investing in cycling infrastructure.

There is a total reticence to give over road space to cyclists at the expense of motor vehicles, even motor vehicle parking.
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Old June 22nd, 2017, 05:33 PM   #457
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The problem here is that cyclists should be on the roads. Unfortunately the roads are dangerous as a result of dismal infrastructure and terrible driving standards.

Encouraging cyclists to use canal towpaths is no solution but it provides councils with a very cheap way of being able to say they're investing in cycling infrastructure.

There is a total reticence to give over road space to cyclists at the expense of motor vehicles, even motor vehicle parking.
Yeah I agree, as a cyclist who uses the towpath its the safest place for me to be but I definitely understand how it can be a nuisance for dogwalkers/people with children etc.

The issue is the awful provision for cyclists on UK roads which means we risk our lives using them. Hopefully Andy Burnham will fulfil the promises he made and improve this.
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Old June 22nd, 2017, 09:58 PM   #458
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Definitely, and it's a shame.

The canal is a really good resource, but it's much better suited to recreation than commuting, it's perfect for social rides at 8 - 15mph
Yes. It's definitely noticeable the difference at the weekend when it's mostly leisure cyclists who are (mostly) not in a tearing rush and much more likely to actually acknowledge the fact that you've got out of their way in plenty of time.
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Mobike to launch this Thursday.

The app is currently live - £29 refundable deposit then 50p per 30 mins riding.

http://mobike.com/sg/
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Mobike to launch this Thursday.

The app is currently live - £29 refundable deposit then 50p per 30 mins riding.

http://mobike.com/sg/
This is going to have a huge impact.

On another note - the bike lanes down Oxford Road seemed quite busy around Rusholme today. There were at least 10/11 riders in every bunch of cyclists.
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