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Ready, set, go for MediaCityUK Cycle Hub

A major new cycle hub at MediaCityUK launched today, in a bid to encourage cycling to the flagship quayside development.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and MediaCityUK have developed the 24-hour cycle hub, which offers secure parking for 300 bikes and is conveniently located next to ITV, the University of Salford, BBC and dock10.

The innovative hub design reflects the area’s maritime heritage with four repurposed shipping containers linked and covered by a vaulted glazed roof to allow in plenty of natural light.

With smartcard access for those that become members, the hub offers separate showers, toilets, changing and locker areas for men and women, alongside a CCTV-monitored cycle storage area. A mixed range of cycle parking has something for everyone, with Sheffield stands, semi-vertical and double-deck stands.

Annual and monthly standard or premium hub membership options are available, with standard membership starting at less than £2 a week. Both levels of membership also provide access to secure, covered cycle parking at the growing network of district cycle hubs which are already open across the region.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “The new cycle hub is a key part of the sustainable transport jigsaw for MediaCityUK, joining frequent bus and Metrolink services to make it easier than ever to get here.

“The hub is looking great and, at just a few pounds a week for membership, is good value for money. It’s our first hub to be open 24/7, reflecting the shift patterns of thousands of local employees, so we’re confident it will offer a great option for cyclists.

“Cycling to MediaCityUK is already popular and I look forward to seeing even more people taking up the challenge to enjoy life on two wheels.”

Stephen Wild, Managing Director of MediaCityUK, said: “Bikes have become the must-use mode of transport for people working, living or visiting MediaCityUK, so it is fantastic to partner with TfGM to bring the cycle hub to our community.”

At the launch dozens of people took part in a Rollapaluza challenge – battling it out on static bikes over a sprint distance at speeds up to 50mph, accompanied by music, an MC and cheering crowds.

The cycle hubs initiative is just part of a range of projects to get people out and about on two wheels – including free adult cycling training sessions and the development of a major network of cycleways to make travelling around the region by bike easier, safer and more convenient.

Greater Manchester aims to increase cycling to 10% of journeys by 2025.

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