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New Loop map and guide!

The Friends have recently undertaken a major revamp of our map and guide to the Loop. This is now complete, and has gone to the printers for an initial print-run of 10,000 copies.

The map A3 page contains much more detail on how to reach other cycle routes from the Loop (e.g., the Trans-Pennine Trail in both directions, the Ashton and Bridgewater canals, the route to Salford Quays and the different routes to the city centre), as well as showing more parks and green spaces. It also distinguishes which of the entrances are accessible for non-standard bikes.

The guide page is now divided into eight panels (instead of six) and can fit easily into the pocket.  The front and back panels explain what the Fallowfield Loop consists of; inside the first fold are panels headed THEN and NOW, with the former giving a brief history of the old railway line, and the latter showing its present transformation into a Greenway and wildlife corridor. The remaining panels deal with volunteering, cycling and walking contacts, use by the disabled and basic rules of the Loop (‘share with care’) respectively.

The PDF versions of the new map and guide are available on our Maps page.

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Further to the positive response to the opening of barriers on the Loop, the Friends have been delighted that the Mayor of Manchester Carl Austin-Behan and his Consort Simon Austin-Behan have joined in, with a tandem ride to help celebrate the removal of the barriers and easier access to and along the path!  The Lord Mayor and his Consort also met local volunteers and members of the Friends to mark the occasion. Further details are on Sustrans’ website.

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Another year, another Hallowe’en family-friendly bike ride extravaganza!

Hallowe'en Kidical Mass

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Cycle the solar system!

This ride took place as part of Manchester Science Festival!

Participants today joined artist Nick Sayers and astronomer Megan Argo for a three-mile cycle ride along the Loop, exploring our solar system at a scale of 1:1,000,000,000 (one to a billion).  Installations representing the solar system had been set out on the Loop from Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Fallowfield; rides took place in the morning and afternoon, and “planet minders” showed off the respective planets at their measured-out sites.  The riders were able to learn about and appreciate the very different sizes and environments of the Sun, eight planets and asteroid belt and become more familiar with our neighbourhood in space!  Nick wrote afterwards, “A massive solar-system-sized thank-you to all who worked on the project.  It went so much better than I ever anticipated. You’re all complete stars!”  Permanent solar markers along the Loop have been suggested as a follow-up!

Cycle the solar system

Cycle the solar system: (c) Nick Sayers 2015

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Halloween Kidical Mass

Halloween Kidical Mass

Following the success of the first Kidical Mass ride on the Loop a few weeks previously, this was another family bicycle ride, but this time with a Halloween theme!  Once again, there were feeder rides to the start point and the ride was a great success, with similar numbers turning out. Congratulations to Giselle and Lorenza for their organisation of this!

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Kidical Massive Family Ride!

On Saturday 19th September 2015 the world celebrated family-friendly cycling through the event “Kidical Massive“. Members of the Friends of the Fallowfield Group wanted to be part of this fantastic initiative and got together to organise our very own Manchester Kidical Massive ride, along our traffic-free Fallowfield Loop. On the day, assisted by perfect September weather – warm and dry – 30 children and their families came together to enjoy this friendly and fun ride!

The ride left the Loop’s Ladybarn entrance at around 2pm and reached The Quadrant in Levenshulme and Highfield Country Park where riders enjoyed a picnic pitstop. The 1.5-mile ride enabled many children to pedal under their own steam!

The Kidical Massive ride was also enabled by the opening of the barriers along the Fallowfield Loop. Many bikes of all shapes and size were thus able to take part. Two feeder rides were led from Alexandra Park and from Platt Fields Park, and many more users were able to enjoy an accessible Fallowfield Loop from morning till dusk.

The Manchester Kidical Massive ride was one of 5 events in the UK, with many more across the world. Road.cc shares more details on this here.

The great photos of the ride below are from Manchester Friends of the Earth, and these and more pictures can be seen on the Flickr account of Manchester Friends of the Earth.

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Local volunteers have organised a family-friendly ride to be part of Kidical Massive, a global event which will see rides taking place all over the world!  For more see details please see our Events page or the Facebook page for the event https://www.facebook.com/events/405242416342064/ – and please spread the word!

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