More people in Greater Manchester will walk and cycle post-pandemic

Have you been walking and cycling more as a result of the lockdown?

You might not be the only one, as a recent Greater Manchester COVID-19 recovery survey has found that 47 per cent of respondents are keen to keep travelling on bike and foot.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s network intelligence data reveals that cycle journeys are up by 25 per cent since last year.

Smart on-street technology has measured notable increases in bike journeys across the city-region since the pandemic began in March 2020, showing a 262 per cent increase in Mill Lane, Marple, a 244 per cent increase in Port Salford Greenway, Winton and a 230 per cent increase on the Fallowfield Loop.

As a result, Transport for Greater Manchester has launched their new active travel website, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all things cycling and walking.

The website showcases Greater Manchester’s plans to create the UK’s largest cycling and walking network, The Bee Network, encouraging alternatives to driving by showing nearby routes.

It can also be used to book a variety of cycling confidence sessions and bike maintenance workshops, some of which are completely free.

Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman, said: “It’s fantastic that half of people living in Greater Manchester have said they plan to travel more on foot or by bike post-COVID.

“Many have tried it during lockdown and they’ve decided it’s a daily habit that they want to keep. We intend to make sure they have the safe space to do it.

“We’re now well into our first year of delivery for the Bee Network, with 55 miles of safe routes and 17 Active Neighbourhoods planned before the end of the year. As activity increases, now is the perfect time to launch our new website to showcase all the fantastic new routes and street improvements being delivered in the coming months.

“I’d encourage residents to take a look and see what’s happening near where they live and work.”

Will you be cycling and walking more in the future? Let us know in the comments. 


  1. Where we live, we’re close to the route of an old railway line that runs through Swinton to Monton. Since we came to live here over 50 years ago we’ve used it as a walkway for ourselves, our children and our dogs. Recently it seemed to be getting muddier and less accessible, particularly after a period of wet weather. This route has been designated as one of the new walk/cycle-ways and will be know n as Swinton Greenway. Since work began on it this January, we’ve been regularly following its progress with great interest. The route has been cleared and widened and aggregate laid on a lot of it. On the section near to us lampposts have been put in place and recently top-soil delivered. Once the top surface is in place and the route is landscaped, it will be a delight to walk along it, without worrying about our dogs and ourselves coming home covered in mud..


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