Case Study: Station South

Station South opened in 2022, as a community cycling hub and cafe. It is located on the Fallowfield Loop, which is part of the National Cycling Network. Throughout 2022, community cycling activity engaged over 1,000 people in 81 events including led rides, bike maintenance and outreach events. Manchester City Council has recently purchased the building to ensure the future of a vibrant community offer. Station South has received funding from Transport for Greater Manchester, Manchester Active and Cycling UK to develop inclusive community cycling opportunities, including a bike library.  

Station South delivered ‘Women in the Workshop’ sessions, and in acknowledgement of the childcare barrier that women can face, was innovative in putting on activities for children whilst their mothers were learning. One woman, Sumayra, learnt bike maintenance with her small child in a sling. Sumayra has gone on to become a trained cycling instructor delivering in Manchester schools.  

Station South sits in the Levenshulme ward, which has been identified in Making Manchester Fairer work as a target ward due to the inequalities in the area, so the facility will be supported in the coming years in continuing to develop its cycling offer. 

Woman learning bike maintenance