‘Love Your Bike’ are inviting people to join a special ‘Oxford Road goes Dutch for Clean Air’ Bike Friday cycle ride from Whitworth Park tomorrow morning June 30 at 8.30am.
The bike ride has been organised as part of national Clean Air Week and celebrates the opening of the Oxford Road corridor cycle route that is encouraging more people to cycle.
Catherine Thomson, from Manchester Friends of the Earth’s Love Your Bike campaign said: “Providing safe and convenient cycle routes encourages more people to cycle and is good for peoples’ waistlines, bank balances and for the air we all breathe. It is great to see the Oxford Road cycle route completed – now we need to create a network of safe and convenient cycle routes across all of Greater Manchester.
“We all want to know our air is healthy. But too many of us breathe dirty air every day, especially in our towns and cities. Air pollution is a hidden killer and it hits children, older people and the poorest hardest.”
Clean Air Week (24th June – 2nd July) wants to get the nation talking about air pollution – and the government listening before it publishes its final plan on 31 July.
Manchester Friends Of The Earth spokesman said “the government’s draft Air Quality Plan should be a plan to deal with the shocking air pollution crisis that blights the lives of so many people in the UK – especially vulnerable children and older people. But it’s not.”