Salford Metrolink tram stop gets cycle hub

East Didsbury Metrolink stop Cycle Hub 2 (1280x853)
The new cycle hub at East Didsbury Metrolink tram stop was opened by Councillor Chris Paul, the TfGM committee’s cycling and active travel champion

A secure cycle hub has been installed at the East Didsbury Metrolink tram stop in Manchester, writes Patrick McDonnell.

The hub comprises of 20 cycle pods, providing storage for 40 cycles, as well as lockers for storing cycle helmets, a bicycle pump and repair stand.

The hub was designed and installed by street furniture supplier and manufacturer Broxap.

People who sign up to use the hub, which is covered by CCTV, will be given a swipe card to provide secure access. Membership of Transport for Greater Manchester’s Cycle Hub Scheme costs £10 per year and includes access to other district hubs across Greater Manchester.

The improved facilities complement Wilmslow Road Cycleway, which connects Didsbury Village and Whitworth Park, opened last year as part of the 20m first phase of the DfT Cycle City Programme.

TfGM committee’s cycling and active travel champion, Chris Paul, said: “The new improvements and cycle hub are great news for East Didsbury and make it much easier and more attractive for people to use their bike for leisure, commuting and running errands.

“As a handy extra, the cycle hub also has a number of handy, free-to-use tools that can help you with most minor repairs such as removing a tyre or reattaching a chain.

“I’d encourage people to use this chance to make a beneficial, long-term change to the way they travel – by getting on their bikes.”

The district cycle hubs – plus major hubs at MediaCityUK, in Salford, and at City Tower in Manchester, offer showers and personal lockers for cyclists – have been funded by the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

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