Cross Post: “Oxford Road Consultation – Respond Now!” #cycling #consultation #manchester #tfgm

From Mad Cycle Lanes of Manchester…

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 or post it to

Transport for Greater Manchester bus priority,
M1 3BG



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.


Further update

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!


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3 Responses to Cross Post: “Oxford Road Consultation – Respond Now!” #cycling #consultation #manchester #tfgm

  1. One of the problems with the new scheme, is it will once again bring cyclists into conflict with bus passengers rushing to get their bus. I. like your e-mail correspondent, will stick to the road. At the end-of-the day, this Oxford Corridor scheme will solve nothing but will only waste money. The bottle-neck, is the Curry Mile, which is an area unsafe for cyclist and pedestrians alike. It will not improve bus times from the south of the city, whatsoever. In fact, it will increase the chances of cyclist coming into conflict with motorists, at the junction of Moss Lane East.

  2. @shava12000 says:

    From my experience of cycling around Berlin (where cycle lanes largely follow the Dutch model) I’m not sure potential conflicts between cyclists and bus passengers will be that much of a problem. Once passengers are aware of the cycle lanes they pay attention in the same way they would before crossing a road and I personally have never experienced or witnessed any issues in this regard. However, I agree with Patrick that the really problematic section of that particular route is the bit through the centre of Rusholme rather than the section they’re focusing on. Also, it seems like a drop in the ocean to transform that little bit of road when the rest of the city remains as bad for cyclists as ever. We’d need a much more radical and ambitious plan to truly invest in public transport and cycling provision across the city, especially in areas of greater deprivation because of the positive impact of cycling on public and environmental health. Still, maybe this is a step in the right direction and if some of the issues can be ironed out in the final design I’d consider it an improvement.

  3. rogerbysouth says:

    “High-quality traffic-free routes encourage more walking and cycling” says research

    OK, this follows conclusive proof that bears defecate in forests, but probably time to mention this since no cycling tags on the MCM site for over a year (I think), and it’s useful to tempt the Ninety Five one-party people. Note to whom: “high quality motor traffic free provision” does not mean green-ish stripe roulette up choked roads among choking vehicles.

    The research also shows increasing walking and cycling improves level of physical activity. And that improves health and for that matter performance at work. Something even the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whose presence graces our City today, can appreciate. Despite his saying today that spending on social benefits doesn’t benefit the economy whereas rail and road might do. So now you know what type of roads to build Mr O. Not the ones to bring more motorised transport in.

    Pity that the consortium of academics that produced this report doesn’t include any of our esteemed higher education partners in the conurbation in its wider work of looking at the “Impact of Constructing Non-motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel”.

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