Elliot Johnston March 5 2017
Ribble Cycles has put together an expert panel to imagine how two iconic locations in Manchester and London could look in the near future if city planners start prioritising cycling.
As part of its Future Cities project, Ribble Cycles has employed the expertise of professors from the University of West England Transport Engineering department, the regional planning department of York City Council, students at the London School of Economics and transport planning consultants to give Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester and Waterloo in London a rework.
The results, which you can see below, prioritise cyclists at both of these locations.
Both Picadilly Gardens and Waterloo see high volumes of traffic – vehicular, pedestrian, and cyclist – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Ribble says that despite as many as 23 million cycle journeys occuring in London alone every year, only small tweaks have been made to the infrastructure in these areas to accommodate cyclists.
The cycling retailer says that it has taken examples of already-existing urban design and city planning to steer its vision.
Manchester Piccadilly Gardens
The Ribble study located Picadilly Gardens’s “dim, grey aestetic” as part of the reason many locals and tourists have struggled to fall in love with the central Manchester location.
Not only that, but the study highlights the proximity of the city’s busiest bus and tram terminal as a hazard for cyclists, as well as the 132 incidents of bicycle theft in the area in 2016.
To counter these problems, and the other problem of poor night time lighting in the area the panel created the following model.