Wednesday, 17 May 2017

North West Velo Fest is back!

You can keep up to date with what's happening on their Facebook page.


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)


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)


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)


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


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


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)


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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 -

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.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Belfast: Hire Bikes & Bollards

On a recent business visit to Belfast I managed to grab a few photos of the cycle facilities in the city.

Walking in from the ferry terminal, apart from some two-way pavement cycle tracks beside the one way system, the first significant sign of money being committed to cycling was a Belfast Bikes hire station. According to their web site there are 35 docking stations, but they are only located in the city centre, so no use for foot passengers arriving off the ferry from Birkenhead.

The next facility I came across was a two way bollarded cycle track with cycle lights in Upper Arthur Street.

It was striking for the choice of white, cycle signed, flexible bollards. These are far more visible than any being used in the Manchester area and unlike crap armadillos they seemed to keep vehicles out.

However, the interface with the crossing at Chichester Street was somewhat clumsy.

I also came across a single direction, bollarded cycle track in Queen Street.

Though the bollards didn't reach the pedestrian crossing, and this blue van was blocking the exit...

This track in College Square North was blocked by a container

and vehicles, so I assume it was still being built.

Overall I didn't see that many people cycling, though those that were mostly dressed in ordinary clothes. A significant proportion of the people on bikes were using the hire bikes, often in quite smart office clothes, so it seems to be having a positive impact.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Middlewood St Update - WTF?

This is what Salford's flagship cycle route, featured on many TfGM leaflets, looks like today...

If proof were needed that Salford Council and it's contractors couldn't give a shit about cycling, then this is it!

Sot armadillos, these pieces of recycled plastic have served their purpose (which was to avoid putting in good quality cycle infrastructure). Now that lie has been accepted by the DfT Salford Council have allowed a developer to wipe out this cycle route without any care for cycling safety.

The priority here is not cycle safety - that was last year.

Now it is all about handing over road space and pavements to developers who couldn't care less.

After all if the occasional person gets killed by an HGV or tipper truck then that is presumably an acceptable price to pay?

Who gives a shit anymore round here?