Manchester To Benefit From Cyclist Safety Mirrors

Trixi safety mirrors are to be fitted at key road junctions in Manchester to prevent cyclist accidents.

The £650,000 road safety scheme will also see certain junctions fitted with advance stop lines. So far, local councils have identified 176 junctions with left hand turns in Greater Manchester that could benefit from safety improvements.

Cyclists can be caught in blind spots behind large vehicles, but Trixi mirrors give drivers of large vehicles a wider field of vision. These mirrors also highlight the need for cyclists and other road users to share the roads respectfully.

The scheme, which is being led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), was funded by the Cycle Safety initiative from the Department for Transport. It will be administered by the Greater Manchester Casualty Partnership and Sustrans.

From 2011 to 2015, Greater Manchester is set to receive £37 million in government cycle safety funding. Some of the other schemes this money will be spent on include additional cycle routes and cycle hubs.

TfGM intends for 10% of all journeys to be made by bicycle by 2025, and hopes that new cycle safety measures will encourage more people to get on their bikes.

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