I’m quite pleased with myself as I’ve managed to cycle in all 22 working days of this month and all this commuting has contributed to a monthly total of 380 miles. There’s an 18 month wait for an allocated car parking space and I have only been using my space occassionally since the start of the year so I handed it to Ernest for him to use as he travels in from the other side of Preston and his need is greater than mine.
A year after Manchester Friend of the Earth launched their Love Your Bike campaign, a critical commute was arranged to bring cyclists together at Manchester Town Hall and present the findings of the campaign to Councillor Neil Swannick who is the Executive Member for Planning and the Environment.
Monthly Critical Commutes into Manchester have previously been organised by the Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign setting off from Withington on the south side of the city, so they have a core of cyclists that meet regularly. For this gathering there were 4 other meeting points with a northern contingent setting off from Prestwich. That contingent turned out to be just 3 people including one who I suspect was attending under duress. We pootled gently along Bury New Road which was not as busy as I would have imagined and we still arrived at Albert Square 15 minutes before anyone else. There must have been 60+ cyclists gathered in total which made taking this round-about route to work more worth while and after a brief photo call I headed off to Salford Quays.
The last Friday of the month is the day of the Critical Mass cycle gathering when cyclists all around the worldt meet up to ride en-mass around city centres. I hope to attend the Manchester Critical Mass next month, it certainly will be interesting as they can be a bit boistrous with some fringe elements using it as an anti-car rather than pro-bicycle demonstration.