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‘Bike trains’ trialled by Manchester students

Students in Manchester and Salford are taking part in a 'Bike Trains' trial from today (February 11th).

The first experiment took place this morning, with the guided rides between halls of residence and university buildings designed to build students' confidence at riding on city streets.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is putting the event together as part of Go Green Week, which is an initiative from student campaign group People & Planet.

Councillor Chris Paul, TfGM Committee's cycling champion, said cycling is a "cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and easy" way for students to travel in Manchester and Salford.

"By running these Bike Train sessions, we will hopefully demonstrate the numerous benefits of cycling, boost people's confidence and encourage a take up in two-wheeled transport," he said.

Confidence in riding on city streets is often cited as one of the main barriers putting people off from cycling on a regular basis.

A pair of Bike Trains get underway at Owens Park Campus at 08:15 GMT and 09:15 GMT tomorrow and finish at Manchester University, with two more from Castle Irwell Student Village at Salford University at 08:30 GMT and 09:15 GMT that finish at Salford University on Thursday.

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