Construction work is now under way on Ashton’s new cycle hub, which is due to open this summer.
Transport for Greater Manchester is developing hubs in key locations across Greater Manchester to encourage people to cycle to work by providing secure, attractive cycle parking facilities. Ashton’s cycle hub will be outside the swimming baths on Water Street, will join the facilities already open in Bury town centre and Manchester city centre’s City Tower.
The cycle hubs are a key part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s Commuter Cycle Project, which is being supported by the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Ashton’s hub will have 40 cycle parking spaces using Sheffield stands, with lockers for storing cycle helmets and other cycling accessories.
The hub will operate on a membership basis, with secure smartcard access to open an automatic door. CCTV coverage will provide additional security.
People will be able to leave their bikes behind safe in the knowledge they are secure. Through hubs like this – and a whole range of other improvements to make cycling more attractive, it is hoped it will encourage more people to commute by bike.”
Details of how to become a member of the hub, and the official opening date, will be announced in coming weeks. Ashton members will also have access to the Bury cycle hub.
Cycle hubs are also planned for Rochdale, Trafford, Wigan, Oldham and Stockport districts. Cycle parking facilities will also be provided at new interchanges in Altrincham and Bolton. A larger-scale facility similar to the City Tower cycle hub – complete with storage, showers, toilets, changing areas and lockers is being considered for MediaCityUK in Salford.
Greater Manchester’s Commuter Cycle Project is also providing free bike maintenance sessions and free adult cycle training, where qualified cycling instructors help people who want to start cycling to work get to grips with riding safely on the area’s busy streets and roads.
Greater Manchester recently bid for £20 million of national investment to kick-start a 12 year cycling programme, Vélocity 2025.