On Saturday the 21st of May, the second meeting of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain will take place here in Manchester. I urge all of you who cycle or aspire to, to come along. The meeting will be held at The Ducie Arms on Devas Street near the University of Manchester/Manchester Science park.
There will be a guided ride (or rides if needed) from Manchester Piccadilly Railway station leaving at around 12:45-13:00. If you arrive by train into Manchester Victoria, your ticket will entitle you to a free ride to Piccadilly on the Metrolink. However as Metrolink is inherently hostile to cyclists, they will only accept folding bikes which are fully encased on their trams. Thankfully the two stations are only about 1 km apart, and it is easy enough to walk/ride between the two.
If you are without bike, the route to the Ducie Arms is easily walkable (<2 km) using the following route (or a variation thereof:
If you prefer, you can get most of the way there by bus along Oxford Road, the busiest bus corridor in Europe, by heading towards Picadilly Gardens bus exchange and getting on the 43, 43, 142, 143 or 111 buses (to name a few) and getting off at Manchester Academy (the University of Manchester’s Students’ Union - shown on the map above) and walking the remaining few hundred metres through the university campus.
Unfortunately, the location of the meeting is within a city, making this mode of transport unsuitable.
I look forward to meeting lots of people I feel like I already kind of know. It will be good to put faces to names and blogs, and to hopefully have a productive meeting and discussion too. More information can be found here.