Cycling

We are working across the Greater Manchester system to make Greater Manchester a great place for people to cycle, regardless of age, background or ability.

We are working with the Greater Manchester Commissioner for Walking and Cycling, Transport for Greater Manchester and a diversity of GM Moving partners to make Greater Manchester a great place for people to cycle, regardless of age, background or ability.

By working together, in accordance with our GM Moving Plan and ways of working, we aim to secure a whole system change to make Greater Manchester a great place to ride a bike and support transformational growth in cycling participation be that for travel, leisure or sport. We want cycling to be an accessible, desirable, safe and effective choice for short journeys.

Cycling is far more than simply giving people a safe, convenient way to get around. By making cycling more accessible, we will;

  • Make our streets safer
  • Improve the health of the Greater Manchester population
  • Reduce the healthcare costs caused by physical inactivity
  • Promote healthier, happier and greener communities

The evidence shows that cycling can bring multiple benefits for people, place, planet and purse. Below you will find more information on the support training and opportunities that are available across the city region.

For children, young people and families

  • TfGM - provide family confidence training.
  • Cycling UK - includes support for 30+ GM Community bike projects, e.g. BikeHive, CeraCycloan, BambinoBiking, offering led family rides & events, cycle training, bike maintenance & access to bikes.
  • Bikeability - cycle training for children & young people run through schools.
  • Cycling Projects & Simply Cycling providing all ability, inclusive cycling opportunities.
  • British Cycling - run activities including Let’s Ride Pop-up, Guided Rides, Go-Ride clubs, and Let’s Ride Manchester for families, Ready Set Ride for children & various clubs e.g track, BMX, mountain biking, road riding.

For adults wanting to cycle

  • TfGM - 1:1 & group cycle training, Learn to Ride & Road Rider Ready. Back to work, Bike maintenance. Cycle maps.
  • Cycling UK cycle touring clubs & GM Community bike projects, e.g. BikeHive, ChainLink. offering led rides, cycle training, bike repairs & access to bikes.
  • Cycling Projects & Simply Cycling providing all ability, inclusive cycling opportunities.
  • British Cycling - Breeze women's rides, Guided Rides, disability hubs, cycle coaching & clubs e.g track, BMX, mountain biking, road riding.
  • BikeRight - cycle training & bike maintenance.

For older adults to get around by bike

Campaigning & advocacy groups, providing helpful resources, advice & campaigns supporting walking & cycling:

  • WalkRideGM - with a network of hyperlocal groups across GM, runs regular events and provides updates and advice.
  • Love Your Bike - website includes a useful directory of bike shops, calendar of events, advice and campaigning information.
  • Sustrans - a national walking & cycling charity. Useful guides and support including information on school streets, play streets and Bike to School days.
  • Playing Out - a parent & resident movement campaigning for children's right to play out in the streets and spaces where they live.
  • Living Streets - the UK charity for everyday walking. Resources, advice & campaigns to support walking including helpful materials to tackle pavement parking.
  • Wheels for Wellbeing - advice, activities and campaigning to support disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling.