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HSBC UK City Ride Manchester – July 2017

With the news last year that the sponsorship deal between Sky and British Cycling was ending, there was some doubt about whether there’d be any more city rides in Manchester. Once British Cycling announced the new deal with HSBC, it became clear the event would be coming back. Continue reading “HSBC UK City Ride Manchester – July 2017”

Manchester Big Ride – April 2017


There was a great turnout for the Manchester Big Ride, calling for clean air, healthy streets and more cycleways from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the mayoral candidates and our local authorities. Continue reading “Manchester Big Ride – April 2017”

Manchester Critical Mass – April 2017


April’s Critical Mass was the first of the year to be completed in daylight. There was a reasonable crowd, given the bank holiday weekend and slightly overcast weather. But it stayed dry and we had soundsystems, so all was well. If anything, I would have been more than happy to do a few more laps. Continue reading “Manchester Critical Mass – April 2017”

Manchester Critical Mass – March 2017

Lighter evenings, warmer temperatures, good turnout and (other) Dom’s 40th. What’s not to like about March’s Critical Mass? Not much time this month though, so I’ll keep it brief.

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My top 10 wish list for the Greater Manchester mayor

As the mayoral election approaches, we’re starting to get a better picture of the candidates views and commitments on cycling. While on the whole these have been pretty positive, with the candidates saying the kinds of things we want to hear. It’s still important that we’re clear about what we want to see happen when the new mayor is elected. Continue reading “My top 10 wish list for the Greater Manchester mayor”

Cycling and the Greater Manchester mayoral election

On 4 May 2017, the people of Greater Manchester will be electing a mayor, as part of a devolution package that will see powers for transport, planning, housing and training move to the region.

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Manchester Critical Mass – February 2017

Well, we luckily missed Storm Doris by a day, and so we were treated to a dry and calm evening for February Critical Mass. Numbers weren’t huge, maybe due to the previous day’s weather and it being a little bit cold. We were spoilt for soundsystems though, as we had three along for the ride.

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Manchester Critical Mass – January 2017

Brr, January Critical Mass was a cold one, though it was thankfully dry. There was a reasonable turnout for January, given the weather. We had two soundsystems, which always adds to the atmosphere and a host of Deliveroo riders were along for the ride.

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Manchester Critical Mass – December 2016

This was the first time I’ve made it to the December Critical Mass. Christmas related commitments have got in the way previously. The turnout was comparatively low compared to other months, but actually quite reasonable given the time of year. It was good to see some kids along for the ride, despite it being cold and dark.

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