With £2 billion being invested in cycling and walking nationwide, organisations in Greater Manchester are being invited to take part in a global competition in September to get more people on bikes.
Greater Manchester is taking part in Cycle September, a friendly competition where organisations and individuals will earn points through September by cycling and encouraging friends and colleagues to get on their bikes. Each point earned will put riders into prize draws for cycling gear and restaurant vouchers.
A large number of organisations within the city region have already joined the competition, which is being supported by Transport for Greater Manchester.
Cycling on the up
An increasing number of journeys have been made by bike since the global pandemic, with Greater Manchester’s weekday cycling peak during lockdown reaching 200,000 trips. This equates to an estimated one million cycle trips being made each week - a 16 per cent increase on pre-lockdown levels.
Greater Manchester’s local authorities have launched a #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to support social distancing, with extra funding made available for cycling and walking schemes.
In July, Greater Manchester secured an additional £3.1 million of government funding for a series of ‘emergency active travel measures’ to enable thousands more journeys on foot or by bike during the pandemic.
The measures, which will include pop-up cycle lanes, modal filters and ‘quiet street’ schemes which prioritise people over cars, will help to improve travel options for people without cars and keep public transport free for those than need it most.
Active travel revolution
At a national level, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched a £2 billion ‘cycling and walking revolution’ to fund thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes and cycling infrastructure, free cycle training and bikes available on prescription.
Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, described the government’s plan as “the biggest step forward for active travel that I have seen in my lifetime.”
Greater Manchester is also developing its own bike hire scheme, which is planned for launch in spring 2021.
Posted under General Interest on 26 August 2020