A number of key routes across Manchester city centre are set to close this Sunday as thousands of cyclists take part in the annual Let’s Ride event (Sunday 1 July).
With over 17,000 riders taking part, and thousands more spectators expected to line the streets, it promises to be a wheely exciting day for the city.
This means that as part of a day of traffic-free cycling – designed to encourage as many people as possible to get out on their bikes – a number of city centre roads will be closed between 6am and 6pm.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has developed a dedicated web page, offering information and travel advice, and will be implementing a number of measures to help those travelling make their journeys as easy and as stress free as possible.
Bus diversions will be in place on Deansgate and Oxford Road throughout the day.
Metrolink services will be unaffected but additional staff will be on hand at some city centre stops.
TfGM’s Events Manager, Ryan Carter, said: “There has been a massive commitment made to cycling and walking over the past 12 months and Let’s Ride is another chance for Manchester to show we are pedalling in the right direction.
“It promises to be a great day but people should plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys regardless of whether they are taking part, spectating or simply travelling around the local area.
“We have worked closely with event organisers and transport operators to ensure that everyone gets to their destination as quickly as possible and we will be monitoring the transport network from our 24 hour Control Centre. I’d encourage people to keep an eye on our website and Twitter account for the latest travel information and advice.”
For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com, call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays) or follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.