Manchester named European Capital of Cycling for 2024 - what honour means for the city

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The award of the title comes as Manchester reflects on a huge year for cycling.

If you’re a keen cyclist or you’ve taken it up this year, then you’re about to do so in a city with international recognition. This comes as Manchester is named as the European Capital of Cycling for 2024. 

The award of the title comes as Manchester reflects on a huge year for cycling. The Tour of Britain got underway through the region in September, with the finish line taking riders through the city. 

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There was also the reopening of the National Cycling Centre here in Manchester, putting the city on the map for being a cycling hub. This comes following a £27 million redevelopment, and work which has seen the UK’s first all-electric velodrome. 

The forward step in terms of cycling will be continued in the new year when Manchester City Council launch a brand new website. This site will be dedicated to the ‘Pedal more in ‘24 campaign’ aimed at providing more opportunities for people to get out on bikes in the new year. 

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Councillor John Hacking, Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Leisure for Manchester City Council, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Manchester was chosen as the ACES European Capital of Cycling for 2024. We have a hugely ambitious agenda in this city, setting out how we can work with partners and local groups to improve people’s access to cycling and how we can make this one of the primary modes of transport for our residents.

“To be made the Capital of Cycling sends a clear and important message that we as a city are ready to be at the forefront of the conversation around cycling, and what a vital role it plays in the future of Manchester.”

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