However, this is actually an example of transport planning at its most acute.
Greater Manchester's planners have foreseen the day that cycling's modal share increases to the point that such separate facilities are unnecessary (everyone will be on bicycles, after all). By the time this facility's surface has crumbled to dust, the cycling utopia guaranteed us by such foresight and wondrous facilities will have surely have arrived, meaning any money spent on maintaining it would have been senselessly wasted.
For god's sake, Don't Manchesterize the planet. And have a lovely day.