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Cycleway surpasses one million milestone

17 November 2017
Chris Boardman

More than one million cycle journeys have been made on the Oxford Road and Wilmslow Road Cycleway in Manchester since recording began in September last year.

This happened just over one month after the digital ‘totem pole’ cycle counters outside Manchester Royal Infirmary on Oxford Road recorded 5,000 two-way cycle journeys on a single day for the first time.

With cycle lanes from Fallowfield to Oxford Street in Manchester city centre physically separated from the main carriageway by kerbing, the route is Greater Manchester’s best example of a ‘segregated’ cycleway.

Encouraging more people to get on a bike is one of the key ways in which our region can tackle air pollution and climate change, two of the most important challenges that we face.

And the great news is that one million cycle journeys along Oxford Road equate to around 621,000 car journeys, accounting for a potential reduction of 1.9 tonnes of nitrogen dioxide – one of the most harmful air pollutants – and 873.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The cycle journeys could also collectively burn off the equivalent calories from eating 1.92m digestive biscuits or 760,000 bags of crisps, helping people get fitter and healthier.

Read the full news release for more information.