Blindfold cycling and walking event

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is inviting cyclists to take part in a blindfold cycling and walking event on Friday 8 July on Oxford Road.

Only walkers will be blindfolded, so that they can understand some of the challenges blind and partially-sighted people face when they come in contact with cyclists in the streets, crossing a cycle lane or using a shared space.

As the cycleway on Oxford Road is being built, with bus stops being moved and a new cycle lane being laid, the RNIB wants to highlight the importance of making this scheme accessible to all cyclists and pedestrians. The new cycle lane will pass in front of the Manchester Eye Hospital, so it is more than likely that cyclists will meet blind and partially sighted pedestrians along the way.

RNIB will invite councillors, MPs and infrastructure designers to take part too.  They would like you to bring along your bikes and take turns between cycling along the road and walking with a blindfold on.

The activity will also be a good chance for blind and partially sighted people to understand how you feel when cycling on a  road and interacting with pedestrians. RNIB will give you some tips to follow when you meet a person with sight loss while cycling, as well as hearing your views.

For more information, please email alba.detoronozal@rnib.org.uk

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.

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the festive break and found time to get out on two wheels every now and again. The first Corridor Cycle to Work Breakfast of 2016 is happening this week, on Thursday, 7 January at the Royal Northern College of Music.

All cyclists old and new from Corridor Manchester organisations are invited to come along and enjoy the free breakfast, which will be provided from 07:45 – 09:30. As usual, you can register on Eventbrite to speed up your sign-in, or simply turn up on the day. Dave from Revolve MCR will be on hand from 8am onwards offering free bike health checks too!

Sustrans Bike Life survey

Sustrans has launched the Bike Life survey, the largest ever survey of attitudes to cycling in the UK. In Greater Manchester 4,000 people of all ages were randomly interviewed over the phone and 11,000 UK-wide. The consistent finding across all cities was that people want a lot more money spent on cycling provision – an average of £26 per head out of the current £300 per head for transport. People want to cycle but they just don’t feel safe enough.

You can read more about the findings here:
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/bike-life/overall-survey

 

UMBUG bike shelter guardians

Your shelter needs you!

We’re looking for shelter guardians to take responsibility for their campus bike shelter. This involves:

  • reporting faults and abandoned bikes
  • putting up posters
  • being a point of contact for other shelter users
  • monitoring shelter capacity (one day per month).

If you are interested in becoming a shelter guardian, please email umbug@manchester.ac.uk.

Shelter guardian poster

Moustache e-bike test riding session

Manchester Bike Hire have organised a test riding session with Italian e-bike manufacturer Moustache Bikes.

When: Wednesday 16th September 16:00-18:30
Where: outside the Boathouse in Platt Fields Park

If you would like to try an e-bike, please come along and invite any colleagues, friends or family that may be interested.

You can find out more about their bikes here.

 

Life on 2 Wheels Cycle Challenge

The latest Transport for Greater Manchester Life on 2 Wheels cycle challenge (formerly the Better By Cycle challenge) gets under way again on Thursday 3rd September 2015. Get out and about on your bike and log your journeys online for a chance to win prizes. TfGM’s Life on 2 Wheels campaign aims to encourage people to jump on their bikes and give cycling a try, whether it’s to save money, get from A to B, or stay healthy. The challenge is free to enter and you could be in with a chance of winning individual prizes throughout the challenge as well as workplace prizes for the 3 workplaces with the highest average number of journeys per participant. If you like a bit of healthy competition, you can see how you compare to your friends, family and colleagues on the leaderboards, including one for the University of Manchester (just remember to select The University of Manchester when you sign up – listed under T).