One million bike journeys made on Oxford Road

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.

The significant milestone was reached this week, 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.

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

And the great news is that one million cycle journeys along Oxford Road equate to around 621,000 car journeys. The cycle journeys could also collectively burn off the equivalent calories from eating two million digestive biscuits or 760,000 bags of crisps, helping people get fitter and healthier.

Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman, said: “I’m not surprised that the Wilmslow Road and Oxford Road cycleway has been a huge success.

“It proves that, if you build high-quality cycle lanes that are separated from other traffic, people will use them. More than 30% of journeys in Greater Manchester under 1km are made by car, so the potential here is absolutely enormous.”

The counters allow people to see the number of bikes that have passed the counter that day along with an annual cumulative count.

The data from the digital display counters on Oxford Road can be checked on the Eco Counters website, where it can be compared to other cities with similar counters across the world.

Automatic cycle counters have also been installed on a number of the new and improved cycleways elsewhere in Greater Manchester to help measure how popular the routes are and evidence the case for expanding the cycleways network.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant