Tuesday 2 December 2008

Bicycle faster than car

JUST how difficult is it to get into Manchester city centre during morning rush hour? Reporters at our sister radio station, Century Radio, decided to find out where the congestion hotspots are with a motorbike, a bicycle, a car and a bus.

All four set off from Cheadle - outside the proposed outer ring for the congestion charge - just after 8am - and completed the same 8 mile journey to Albert Square. There were a number of basic rules, including no jumping red lights, no speeding and no dangerous weaving in and out for the bikers.

But who would make it there first?

In just over 20 minutes the motorbike was there and a very smug rider was waiting outside the Town Hall with coffee and cakes. In second was the cyclist about 10 minutes behind, followed by the car in 45 minutes and then the bus with a very frustrated passenger who'd spent 59 minutes on board.