Salford has an extensive network of traffic free cycle routes which are perfect for leisure, enjoying the wildlife or even a traffic-free way of getting to work.
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Many of the routes have been built using former railway lines (looplines) which have very gentle gradients making them ideal for cycling. Once on the network of looplines, it is possible to travel for miles through Salford and to neighbouring districts. The loopline network links Worsley Woods, the Bridgewater Canal and Blackleach Country Park and runs through Little Hulton, Walkden, Worsley, Monton and Eccles.
A number of the routes have recently been improved with others planned for improvements over the next couple of years. Each route has its own webpage which includes more detail about the improvements proposed and when they are planned to take place.
Although the routes are not identical, they all have the same key design principles:
Where possible, all routes are three metres wide. This ensures that pedestrians and cyclists can comfortably share without conflict as long as they show each other consideration.
Many of the routes are former railway lines which were built in cuttings. Unfortunately this means that, in places, the only access is via steps. Ramps have been built where possible and the council will continue to seek funding to improve accessibility.
The routes are:
A plan showing the location of the routes can be downloaded from this page.
TfGM also produce comprehensive cycle maps of the city, available on the TfGM website.
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If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.
This page was last updated on 8 December 2016