An extra 16.5 km of cycle routes will be created in Salford as part of the city’s drive to encourage people to use greener modes of transport.
More than £3.7million worth of external funding has been secured by the city council and will be used to increase the number of cycle lanes in Salford to more than 110 km.
Councillor Derek Antrobus, executive lead member for strategic planning at Salford City Council, believes 70 km of the city’s cycle routes will be traffic free by the end of the year.
He said: “If we could shift just 10 per cent of journeys from car to bike we would dramatically reduce air pollution while keeping people fit and active.”
Transport for Greater Manchester aims to increase the levels of cycling across the city region by 300% by 2025 in order to achieve this goal.
Work on Oxford Road recently led to the creation of the city’s first ever ‘Dutch’ bus stop and lane, to make it safer for cyclists passing bus stops.
Six new cycle hubs were also opened at railway stations in Greater Manchester in September, providing 400 extra bike spaces in the region.
Image courtesy of Stuart Grout, with thanks.