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Cardboard bikes aid travel call

Metrolink tram
Metrolink does not allow bicycles unless they are folded up

Cyclists in Manchester are calling for greater access on the city's trams by boarding with cardboard bicycles.

Bikes are not currently allowed on at any time unless they can be folded up. But "Love your Bike" campaign wants Metrolink to change the rules.

Protesters are taking cardboard bikes on the trains to show how easily they can be taken on and off.

Campaigners argue allowing them on the trams would make it a more attractive option and encourage more commuting.

Graeme Sherriff, from Manchester Friends of the Earth, said: "The Love Your Bike campaign calls for a truly integrated transport system which will encourage more people to cycle to work and for leisure."

"The excellent announcement of Government approval for the City Region's Transport Innovation Fund bid last week is great news for everyone in Greater Manchester.

"But unless the new services have the facility to carry bicycles, existing train commuters and passengers, particularly those in Oldham and Rochdale, will actually lose the ability to travel with their bicycles and be forced back in the direction of the car."

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