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Brunswick Park Development

 

Brunswick Street continues to be transformed into a new landscaped, pedestrianised and cycle friendly space, Brunswick Park, that complements TfGM’s Oxford Road Bus Priority scheme, encouraging public transport and cycle use.

Whilst completion is planned for May 2018, the start of the new academic year in September presents the University with a number of safety challenges to ensure that access is maintained to surrounding buildings for large numbers of returning staff and students. The access routes through and around the periphery of the park are currently constrained by the construction works, and therefore make it very difficult for cyclists and pedestrians to share the same space.

As a consequence, the Directorate of Estates and Facilities are actively discouraging cyclists to cycle through and around the periphery of Brunswick Park. ‘Cyclists Dismount’ signage will be placed at strategic access points to the park area, and cyclists are encouraged to walk their bikes to a cycle parking location, or shelter, close to the building that is their destination. To help matters further, they ask that cyclists do not use Brunswick Park as a through route to other locations on campus. Building and wayfinding signage will be erected around the park to help pedestrians/cyclists reach their destination.

The Directorate of Estates and Facilities are therefore seeking the patience and co-operation of the University’s cycling fraternity, to bear with them, for what will be a challenging start to the academic year.

During the course of the next few months, the contractor will be handing back to the University sections of the completed park, as progress is made towards completion, which should gradually relieve some of the pressure on space for pedestrians/cyclists to safely move around and between buildings in this locality.

Cycling UK BUG membership

The University has renewed it’s Bicycle User Group membership with Cycling UK. The group affiliation means that individuals can affiliate too and enjoy all the benefits available at a discounted price of £24 per person for annual membership.

If you are interested, contact umbug@manchester.ac.uk for the club code and enter it in the box at the bottom of the page when you join via www.cyclinguk.org/join-membership/setup/AFMI.

 

Saddle up for European Cycling Challenge in May

We are supporting the 2017 European Cycle Challenge and need your help to get on the leader boards.

The European Cycling Challenge is an urban cycling competition taking place between 1 May and 31 May 2017. In 2016, 52 cities from 17 countries joined the challenge, and 46,000 people cycled 4,000,000km during the event. The city that cycles the longest total distance wins.
This year Greater Manchester is taking part for the first time, and the entry will be led and promoted by Transport for Greater Manchester.

Anyone can join in, it’s easy to take part and you don’t have to be a cycling enthusiast. Any cycling you do counts towards the challenge, only competitive sporting events and static bike miles aren’t included.

How to join in:

  • Download Naviki in the app store on your smartphone or follow these instructions to participate without a smartphone
  • Register and sign in.
  • Go to ‘Settings’ on the home page
  • Go to ‘Contests’ and then ‘ECC2017’
  • Select ‘Greater Manchester’ as your team
  • Select ‘The University of Manchester‘ as your sub team

That’s it – you’re all ready to go on 1 May.

Prizes
There will be spot prizes to be won throughout the challenge direct from the ECC, including shopping vouchers of £150, £75 and £50 every week. To qualify for the weekly raffle you just have to have registered and logged a minimum of 10km to be entered.

We will have a small prize for the University member who tops our leaderboard too!

UMBUG Priorities for 2017

UMBUG Priorities for 2017

On Thursday 17 January 2017, the UMBUG projects team hosted a brainstorming session to define UMBUG’s priority activities for 2017. Lots of ideas were suggested to promote and improve cycling for staff and postgrads at the University of Manchester. A wide range of ideas were discussed – big and small! These were then prioritised and the team are working on next steps and an action plan. The top issues discussed include:

  • removal of abandoned bikes
  • University incentives for cycling
  • celebrating UMBUG’s 10th anniversary
  • facilities for cyclists (showers, storage and drying facilities)
  • prohibiting smoking near cycle shelters
  • more cycle shelters / increased capacity
  • engaging with the Sporticipate programme (Sports Office)
  • lobbying for cleaner (greener) buses / Oxford Road agreements
  • making contact with TfGM and exemplar universities (Sheffield & Nottingham)
  • promoting UMBUG events to a wider audience
  • UMBUG promotional stands at major buildings some mornings / lunchtimes
  • improving the corridor travel website
  • continuing the cycle routes video project
  • maintenance sessions at the monthly breakfast events
  • tool stands to be covered by the shelter guardians system
  • reporting long-term issues with cycle shelters (leaking gutters).

If you are interested in getting involved, please email umbug@manchester.ac.uk.

Cycle to Work Day 2016

Get in the saddle for Cycle to Work Day and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to give cycling a go too.

Cycle to Work Day is a national event held this year on Wednesday 14 September 2016. It aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day. By pledging to cycle on the Cycle to Work Day website you are entered into a competition to win prizes including bikes and cycling accessories. Bike shops across the UK are offering Cycle to Work Day participants a free bike health check from the 1st to the 14th of September.

 

Transport for Greater Manchester’s #JustRide cycling campaign is in full flow with events organised across Greater Manchester. TfGM offer a variety of services to support cycling including free cycle training, free bike maintenance courses and cycle route maps. The TfGM cycling team will be in Piccadilly Gardens between 11am and 3pm on Cycle to Work Day handing out goodies and offering advice on all things cycling.  Dr Bike will be on hand between 12-2pm to repair any bikes that need some TLC.

Throughout the Summer, bike recycling centres across the country will be taking part in the Big Bike Revival Summer of Cycling, organised by Cycling UK. There are loads of local events and activities taking place, including maintenance training, bike rides and equipment trials.

 

Electric cargo bike loan scheme

Through the EU funded Triangulum project, electric cargo bikes are now available to hire free of charge to staff from The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and businesses based on the Oxford Road Corridor.

The Triangulum project partners in Manchester are working together to create a smart city district within Corridor Manchester. This includes increasing the number of electric vehicles and electric bikes being used, reducing the reliance on diesel and petrol vehicles and in turn reducing carbon emissions, traffic congestion and pollution.

Manchester Bike Hire has been commissioned by Triangulum to provide an electric cargo bike loan scheme. The modern electric cargo bike fleet allows Corridor partners the opportunity to try out bikes of different designs and sizes, all free of charge. The fleet is zero emission, with improved environmental impact when the batteries are charged from renewable sources.

The electric cargo bike loan scheme will enable staff to learn whether a bike can be integrated into their day-to-day operations on a permanent basis. The scheme incorporates up-to-date data collection and asset management techniques, using online reservations and GPS tracking, along with digital maintenance and repair record-keeping. Users will be provided with cargo bike familiarisation training before hire.

To book an electric cargo bike demonstration contact Manchester Bike Hire or call: 07523 092285.

Oxford Road closure

Part of Oxford Road will be closed from Monday 16 May to Sunday 5 June inclusive for demolition works at Alliance Manchester Business School.

The road will be closed to through traffic for a three week period between the junctions of Oxford Road with Hathersage Road and Booth Street West/East. Access will still be available for vehicles on University business or with other local businesses. Pedestrian access will be restricted near the demolition zone and will be diverted alongside Crawford House. Alternative pedestrian routes will be signposted at appropriate points on Oxford Road.

There will be no cycle access alongside Crawford House. Alternative cycle routes will be signposted at appropriate points on Oxford Road directing cyclists towards Higher Cambridge Street/Booth Street West and Upper Brook Street/Booth Street East.

Following on from the road closure, there will be a lane closure in place (in the direction of Manchester City Centre) for around 14 months from 6 June 2016 to 31 July 2017. This lane closure allows the end of the Precinct to be reconstructed in steel and glass to form an impressive new frontage on to Oxford Road.

You can read more about the road closure on Staffnet.

TfGM Cycling Campaign

Transport for Greater Manchester are looking for cyclists who are interested in starring in their new campaign to encourage people to get on a bike.

TfGM are launching the drive to highlight the health benefits of riding a bike and are looking for enthusiastic people to take centre stage, possibly appearing in posters, leaflets, case studies and a video.

They’re looking for people of all ages from across Greater Manchester, particularly anyone who initially started cycling to improve their health.

If you’re interested, email becky@divacreative.com with ‘Cycling Campaign’ in the subject field.

Tell her where you live, what journeys you make by bike, and leave your full name and daytime contact number. If possible, also send a photo of you and your bike.

The campaign will run over the summer and follows in the footsteps of last year’s Life on 2 Wheels campaign, which encouraged people across Greater Manchester to start cycling.

 

Women on Wheels

Women across Greater Manchester are being encouraged to get on their bikes in March with a series of female-friendly cycling events across the region.

With men currently outnumbering women four to one in the UK for cycling to work, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), with the help of its partners, has launched Women on Wheels (WoW) to help narrow the gap.

The month-long celebration of cycling takes place throughout March and includes more than 50 group rides, social gatherings, art workshops and taster sessions for women and girls.

Women’s cycling groups across Greater Manchester will help run the group rides, which range from gentle traffic-free leisure cycles to challenging hill climbs, with something to suit everybody.

There’s also the chance to try out the Manchester Velodrome track, train to become a ‘ride leader’ and learn bike maintenance basics with other women.

If you want to get involved, there is a full list of events at the TfGM website.

UMBUG Video Commute Project

UMBUG would like to collate a library of cycling videos from across Manchester to promote cycling and we are looking for UMBUG members to film their commute.

    Videos could be:

  • your entire route to work;
  • sections of your commute that fellow cyclists would find useful or interesting, for example:
  • dedicated cycle paths,
  • how to navigate a tricky junction or
  • a new road layout;
  • any footage that promotes cycling to work.

To film your commute, the Environmental Sustainability team have a GoPro Hero video camera with a handlebar/seatpost/pole mount that you can borrow. Please contact UMBUG at umbug@manchester.ac.uk to borrow it.

    Video guidelines

  • Please use the video mode rather than time lapse.
  • Resolution should be set to 1080-25.

The camera comes with a Quick Start Guide and you can find more detailed information in the GoPro User Manual.

Please just let us know if you have any alternative equipment suggestions that would make filming with the GoPro easier.

We will also happily accept footage filmed on your own camera if you have one.

You do not have to worry about editing the footage (unless you want to). When you return the camera, will we download the files and edit them. If you are interested in editing them yourself, GoPro Studio is a free and user friendly option.