Saturday 17 September 2011

Moving Planet Day - 24th September

From MERCi

In Manchester we are asking people to meet at 10.30am outside the Royal Bank of Scotland building at 1 Spinningfields Square (there is space to congregate in between RBS and the John Rylands Library) where a member of the MERCi staff will be waiting to show people the way to Bridge 5 Mill.

As part of the day we want to showcase alternatives to fossil fuels and are running a competition to see who can arrive at the event by the most unusual and interesting way without using fossil fuels, as well as giving prizes for the most blinged-up bikes (and owners!). Competitors need to assemble on the green between Piercy Street, Beswick Street, Carruthers Street and the Ashton Canal around 11am for judging at 11.30am. The competition is open to all and there will be prizes for kids and adults.

From The Environment Network For Manchester

Start a transport revolution!
Prizes for the most interesting and unusual ways of getting to Bridge 5 Mill without using fossil fuels (including using the canal)* And prizes for the bikes with the most BLING!
11am at Bridge 5 Mill (judging at 11.30am)

FREE WORKSHOPS (limited places, booking essential)
12.30pm - Bike Know How with Pedal MCR - punctures
1.30pm - Bike Know How with Pedal MCR - brakes
2.30pm - Save Energy, Save Money
To book onto the workshops please contact Katie Brandon: 0161 273 1736 or

Make Do and Mend - repair your old clothes and give them a new life
Go Potty in the Garden! - bring your old junk to turn into fancy plant pots. Anything that holds soil will do - boots, cracked teapots, tin cans.

Plus exhibition, games and information stalls

This event is being organised as part of MERCi's Neighbourhood Eco Hub project, funded by Manchester City Council.

P.S. If you visit the Environment Network For Manchester web site you might notice that the latest Roots Newsletter features a photo from this blog...

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Pedal MCR Update

Pedal MCR is now open Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm for repairs at the workshop or call them out to you.

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Tuesday 6 September 2011

"Tram campaigners call for new Metrolink line to run along Deansgate"

There has been some discussion of options for the second tram route in Central Manchester, for example this from Sharp Edge Trip.

However, the best sollution in my opinion is to use Deansgate. It seems from that I'm not the only one who thinks this would be a good idea. Reading down the comments it seems that one of the City Centre Councillors supports it too.

Irwell River Path Map 2

A second map has appeared showing the Irwell River Path as a cycle route. The map is called Getting to Salford Quays and MediaCityUK and shows tram, bus train,cycling and car options.

Like the Heritage Cycle Trail map, it does not mention the locked gates on the Salford section, and it also shows a very strange route along the Trafford section, probably reflecting the route as it would have been about a year ago.

The on-line version

Saturday 3 September 2011

Long Cycle Trailer!

For a moment I thought this might be the longest cycle trailer I had ever seen.

It was in Piccadilly Gardens on Sunday the 21st August as part of Platform 4.

However on closer inspection, this was a motorised tricycle and part of "The Tiny Travelling Tightwire Show!".

Inspiration for a future pedal powered project perhaps...