I've just been shown the latest version of the "Interim Strategy for Cycling in Manchester 2012/2013". It is a council report all dressed up in cycle racing colours, so a strong clue to priorities there. It isn't yet on line yet so I'll have to link to the draft version which is available on the council web site.
Update: I've just found the new colour version had made it onto the council web site here.
Page 5 of the new report (4 & 5 on the old version) clearly states
Manchester City Council, British Cycling and other funding partners, have invested significantly in cycling over the last five years. Headline figures include:
· Over £3.2 million on infrastructure through the LTP Highways Capital Programme
· £549,000 on child cycle training and over £45k on adult cycle training.
· £56,000 promoting Bike Week
· £24 million on expanding the National Cycling Centre to include the Indoor BMX Arena and British Cycling’s headquarters.
· Over £12,000 in small grants to community groups through the Working Neighbourhood Fund
· £2.5 million on promoting and supporting sport and club cycling and hosting major cycling events.
So whilst the vast majority of cycling in Manchester takes place on the city streets only £3.2m has been spent on infrastructure in the past 5 years. In that same time period cycle sport in Manchester has received £26.5m of funding.
Just imagine how much better a place Manchester could be now, if those figures were the other way around....
The fight to make Manchester a World-Class Cycling City with world class streets for cycling starts here.