This is the most important consultation for cycling in many years in Manchester. This consultation is for the bus priority package along Oxford Road, but it is also the busiest cycle route in Manchester so if TfGM get this route right it sets the standard for the rest of the city.
The closing date is Friday 5 July 2013.
The current plan is to remove all lorries, vans, private cars, motorbikes and private hire vehicles from the section covering the university and hospital and impose a 20mph speed limit. As a result there will be many motoring groups, shop owners and others lobbying against this scheme.
Cycling could lose out if we don't all respond to support the main principles of the scheme. However the details of the cycle route are not all as good as they should be, so we need to respond to agree with the removal of the traffic and the principle of protecting people cycling from the buses and then press for a much higher quality of cycle route design than is currently proposed.
Here is a video showing how this kind of cycle route is designed in the Netherlands with continuous cycle tracks that give priority across junctions and pass round the back of bus stops without conflict.
How to Respond.
Take a look at this video to see what is proposed, and notice how the cycle tracks could be improved.
If you need more information you can download the leaflet but it doesn't show the same cycle track details.
Then compose your response in a text editor of some sort because there isn't space in the web form to see everything you have written.
Write as little or as much as you feel appropriate, but please remember to:-
1) Support the removal of the traffic from this route.
2) Support the 20mph speed limit.
3) Support the idea of a high quality cycle route, protected from the bus traffic.
4) Call for the cycle route design to be improved - if necessary by employing experienced engineers from the Netherlands to finalise the design.
5) And if you regularly cycle along Oxford Road then include this information in your response and write about your current experience and how you want it to improve.
Once you have written your response, then visit the online form, fill in your name, full address, postcode and email address. It is important that our responses are seen to come from individuals who live in the area.
Then copy and paste your text into the box marked "Your views*", scroll through to check it's all there and hit the submit button.
Then tell every cyclist you know to do the same...
You can also send your response by email to email@example.com or post it to
Transport for Greater Manchester bus priority,
I've now sent my response in.
I've also called for the cycle tracks to be suitable for all types of cycles including hand-cycles, rickshaws and cargo cycles.
I've also called for physical barriers between the cycle track and the Bus/Taxi lane to stop taxi drivers pulling off onto the cycle track to drop off passengers.
I have just received an email admitting that the cycle tracks along Oxford Road will be inconvenient for many cyclists and the writer will be using the road.
We must call for high quality Dutch provision. In the Netherlands you do not see lots of people refusing to use the cycle tracks because they are crap!