It’s been a while I wanted to share the *(mostly) traffic free route that I now regularly use when I cycle into town. There’s a second version I’ll get to share too later on, when I can manage another 5 minutes.
I live south of the city, and this route can be picked up from more or less anywhere, even if you are coming into town further south than myself.
It may look like a lot of turns and not as direct as sticking to the main roads, but the absence of traffic makes this a really pleasant route, even if it may add an extra 5 minutes to the journey.
I must admit I don’t use it once it gets dark, because of its quietness comes night it doesn’t feel safe anymore (I revert to the busy roads and take my chance with buses and cars).
I have saved a google map of it that you can find here.
Last month I took the following photos along this route…
On the shared path, which runs alongside the Manchester Grammar School playing fields.
Going through Schuster Road (this is the section of the route which is on-road but with low-level traffic)
Cycling along the shared path within Whitworth Park.
After the park you are still segregated from the traffic, but only for a little bit before being thrown onto Oxford Road… I wish they would sort out this section, it wouldn’t take too much effort.
After the nasty but super short section on Oxford Road, you can escape once more into a nice traffic-free route amongst the University of Manchester & MMU campus.
More along this quiet route
Crossing the junction with Booth Street East, straight ahead onto the MMU campus.
Through the campus of the MMU.
Thus reaching Grosvenor Street and turning right, joining onto the contraflow lane that links to the UMIST campus, with another section of traffic-free route.
After the UMIST campus, the city centre is a short cycle away, back onto the busy roads, but at least you get to this point rather relaxed and able to contend with a bit of city chaos, rather than hot, stressed out and p**d off if you have been cycling on main roads for the whole ride.