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Manchester proposes cycling route peddled by Olympic champion

Words: Huw Morris
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A cycling route influenced by Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman has been unveiled to link Manchester city centre with Chorlton.

Boardman, who is Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, helped to design the £13.4 route, which features Dutch-style segregated cycling and walking lanes.

The 5km route will run along Barlow Moor Road, Manchester Road, Upper Chorlton Road and Chorlton Road.

“Lots of people have said that they want to walk and cycle more in Manchester and we present this scheme for consultation, as part of our ambition and absolute determination to create a new network of high-quality, safe cycling routes across the city,” said Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, planning and transport.

Earlier this year, Boardman unveiled a plan for a city region-wide cycling and walking network created by its 10 local authorities. Once built, the network would better connect every community in Greater Manchester, benefiting 2.7million people.

Consultation on the Manchester to Chorlton proposals runs until 11 January 2019.

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