Manchester’s elected mayor needs to prioritise cycling says British Cycling
Alex Bowden July 2 2016
Greater Manchester wants to see 10 per cent of all commutes by bike
British Cycling says that ‘world class’ cycling infrastructure is needed in Greater Manchester, as well as a change in attitude toward physical activity. The organisation is therefore urging the elected mayor to prioritise cycling and increase investment.
Currently, less than three per cent of Greater Manchester’s population commutes by bike. While the goal is to increase this to 10 per cent by 2025, British Cycling’s Joel Lavery told the Manchester Evening News that more investment was required.
The election for the first mayor of Greater Manchester will take place in May 2017 and Lavery said this presented an opportunity to prioritise cycling, walking and other forms of public transport across the city.
Aware that Boris Johnson is not exactly flavour of the month in many circles, Lavery nevertheless pointed to the ex-London mayor as someone who was willing to support cycling.
“Love or loathe Boris he has shown really strong leadership in delivering cycling infrastructure and policy. At the end of his time as mayor, he said his main regret was not looking at cycling until near the end of his term – he wished it was the first thing he did.”