Green Light for Cycle Hubs
Proposals to create 13 bike storage units across Greater Manchester have been given a major boost with detailed plans being released for a ΓÇÿcycle hubΓÇÖ to be located at City Tower, in ManchesterΓÇÖs Piccadilly Gardens.
According to the Manchester Evening News, a paid for membership scheme will be introduced providing secure storage for bikes, with facilities such as showers and lockers available. Offering space for up to 200 bicycles in the basement of one of ManchesterΓÇÖs most iconic buildings, the hub could be completed as early as summer 2012. Further plans for similar locations across the city centre are also in the pipeline, in addition to sites at Altrincham, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Sale and Wigan.
Utilising a ┬ú3.9m investment received from the government last year to ΓÇ£boost sustainable transportΓÇ¥, Transport for Greater Manchester hope to encourage office workers to take a greener approach to their commute to work. In a press release from TfGM, Councillor Andrew Fender described the project as the ΓÇ£first step on the path to achieving the ambitious aims covered by our full Local Sustainable Transport Fund bidΓÇ¥ adding that “these cycle hubs will provide the foundations for a real change in the way people think about cycling; they will help to break down some of the barriers – both real and perceived – that currently stop people from taking their bike to work.”
With a similar proposal recently announced for Waterloo Station in London, with the ideology of improving cycle-rail transport, could these hubs soon be popping up all over the country?
Let us know what you think of the proposals? Would you cycle to work if you were provided with a secure space to store your bike and belongings, whilst also having access to bathroom facilities?
Check out our blog on the governmentΓÇÖs cycle to work scheme which takes a look at the advantages and pitfalls of choosing 2 wheels over 4 ΓÇô On Your Bike: Could You Cycle to the Office?
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