Saturday, 2 September 2017

Oxford Road, it's better than nothing, but nothing like Amsterdam!

It's better than nothing, but nothing like Amsterdam!

Notice the lack of junction treatment, no protection from vehicles turning left across the cycle route. In Amsterdam cycles get a separate phase at traffic lights.

Meantime the bus stops are over complicated, with pointless solar powered led lights, rumble strips and give way signs that were added later. Money spent on blaming people cycling whilst ignoring the real dangers at the junctions.

But the real problems on this route are the drivers using the cycle route as a parking place, normally it's private hire cars, but this time it was rather different...

Oxford Road going south



Oxford Road going north



When they put in half decent cycle routes in Manchester it's not long before they are closed by building works...

Thursday, 31 August 2017

How will this turn out?

We've had promises before - the outcomes have mostly been pretty dreadful.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

North West Velo Fest is back!




FRIDAY 9TH

World Naked Bike Ride 2017
Riding a bike, but with no clothes on.
6 for 7pm start, All Saints Park (M15)

Afterparty on the streets
Samba band street party! Nudity likely.
8pm start, Sandbar (M1)

SATURDAY 10TH

Hell of the North West (race)
Competitive alleycat race. Cash first prize.
2pm start, Hillcourt Street Cycles (M1)

Festival kicks off proper
Live music from the mighty Galivantes.
8pm start, The Old Abbey Taphouse (M15)

Midnight Mass
Mass night ride with bike soundsystems.
10pm start, The Old Abbey Taphouse (M15)

SUNDAY 11TH

BMX tricks & get your bike fixed
Free bike repairs alongside BMX UK finals.
1-4pm, Platt Fields Bike Hub (M14)

Beginners life drawing - bike theme
All welcome, test your artistic ability!
5pm start, Sandbar (M1)

MONDAY 12th

Bike dancing taster session
Learn from the world-famous Spokes!
6pm start, Platt Fields Bike Hub (M14)

TUESDAY 13th

Spandex Ballet (road ride)
A 30 mile road ride at 16mph pace.
7 for 7.30pm start, Sandbar (M1)

WEDNESDAY 14th

Sprint race championship - open to all
Fixed and geared sprint race with prizes.
6pm feeder ride from Central Library (M2)
7pm start at Pomona Tram Stop (M16)

THURSDAY 15th

Street art tour ride
Graffiti tour with bike soundsystem.
6.30 for 7pm start, Whitworth Gallery (M15)

FRIDAY 16th

Cogs and Kegs Party
Bike games, brewtap & soundsystem.
7pm feeder ride from Central Library (M2)
7.30pm start, secret location
(to be announced on Facebook on the day)

SATURDAY 17th

The Beer and Deer Ride (gravel/road ride)
Social ride out to Dunham Massey Brewery.
12 for 1pm start, Platt Fields Bike Hub (M14)

SUNDAY 18th

The Monumental Treasure Hunt
All abilities bike treasure hunt. Win prizes!
1pm start, Pop-up Bikes (M4)

WEDNESDAY 21st

Summer Solstice (road ride)
20 miles of Cheshire countryside, social pace
6 for 6.30pm start, Sandbar (M1)

THURSDAY 22nd

Bike polo taster and picnic
BYO drinks and picnic for a polo introduction
7pm, Chorlton Park Tennis Courts (M21)

FRIDAY 23rd

Manchester music tour ride
Tour of manc music locations + soundsystem.
with Manchester District Music Archive
7pm, Central Library (M2)

SATURDAY 24TH

Closing party
Outdoor film screening, music and pub quiz.
7pm, The Angel Pub (M4)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Why has there been 14 months of inaction on the Irwell Towpath in Ordsall?

Has my ranting and raving on Twitter finally forced some action on the Irwell Towpath?



This path has been closed since December 2015



This morning was the first time in 14 months I have seen work being carried out on the path.



Rubble was being lifted into the area of the collapsed path and raked into position.



On returning this evening it was clear that this was not a long term repair of the towpath but a short term cludge.



Bags of rocks have been placed in the river to provide an outer edge and rubble has been put in between the bags and the remaining path to build the area up towards path level.



The fact that this is a short term measure begs the question as to why it has take over 14 months to get this far?

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Oxford Street Southbound - Useless!

I am beginning to think we should call this sort of thing "flagshit infrastructure"

Why on earth is there no kerb separating the cycle track from the parking spaces?

This idiot had no idea what he was doing and didn't care...



Yes this is a cycle track...



Further south it becomes a slalom - this is just dreadful.



Somehow I wish the traffic engineers had thought cyclist!



Useless!

Bridgewater Way Ice Update

It seems my various emails to TfGM and others about the ice on the Bridgewater Way payed off.

By the time it had warmed up enough for me to use the route again on the Friday there were clear signs that an extensive salting had been carried out.





In the exchange of emails that went round I was given the following contact information for the maintenance of the Bridgewater Way:-

By email to - Bridgewatercanal@peel.co.uk

Telephone - 0161 629 8200 between 2pm and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Emergency Telephone - out of office hours 0161 877 3628

Please note only emergency calls will be dealt with on this number.

Write to - The Bridgewater Canal Company Limited, Peel Dome, intu Trafford Centre, TRaffordCITY Manchester M17 8PL, UK

Though I would copy any emails to TfGM's cycling team, so they know what's going on...

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Bridgewater Way Ice Danger

This morning clearly illustrated that if you don't maintain a cycle route you are creating danger.

The Bridgewater Way coming out of Castlefield was covered in sheet ice. Anyone hitting this ice on a bicycle could easilly have ended up in the canal, in water that was freezing over, a lethal combination.









Let's just hope that TfGM take this seriously and sort this out. The are promoting cycling in winter but their routes are clearly not fit for purpose. I won't be using this route until temperatures rise above freezing.