Welcome to the Manchester Cycling Lab!

The goal of the Manchester Cycling Lab was to turn Manchester into a real-life laboratory for the study of cycling. This involved working in collaboration with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and local businesses to identify the gaps in knowledge that need to be filled in order to facilitate the Better By Cycle programme and transform Manchester into a cycling city. Understanding user and stakeholder needs has been central to this approach in order to develop a complementary programme of applied research projects that support a cycling transition while harnessing the knowledge and capacity of the University.

The project has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account.

The research has been taken forward within various projects in Greater Manchester. Please find latest updates and opportunities for enagement via Twitter (@McrCyclingLab) and contact Gabriele Schliwa (gabriele.schliwa@manchester.ac.uk) in case of any questions. 


Transport in the Media Symposium by Rachel Aldred

22nd June, 2014

On 9th and 10th June, Gabriele Schliwa visited the University of Lancaster to attend the Transport in the Media symposium organised by Rachel Aldred. It was a great opportunity for the Manchester Cycling Lab to discuss and explore relationships between transport policy and practice, academic reserach, and the media. 

Please find here Rachel Aldred's great write up of those two very intense and inspiring days including audio files and presentations.



Research presentation at Cycle Forum June 2014

12th June, 2014

The Manchester Cycling Lab was excited about the opportunity to present and discuss cycling research at Manchester City Council's Cycle Forum on 10th June.

The presentation includes "Cycling in Manchester - Your Needs and Ideas" survey results as well as key findings from current research projects and is available here: 


#smartMCR - Environmental sensing network to visualise benefits of cycling

29th May, 2014

FutureEverything is bringing the world’s largest independent environmental sensing network – Smart Citizen – to the UK with Intel. The Smart Citizen project aims to enable citizens to become active in capturing, sharing, making sense of data on their local city, through the development of low-cost sensors. Gabriele Schliwa is joining the Smart Citizen community to co-create the sensor network in Manchester and support visualising the health benefits of cycling. 



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