Cycle and Stride launches million-pound boost to inspire ‘active lives’ across Greater Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester has today announced the first 10 groups which will form part of its initiative, Cycle and Stride for Active Lives. This exciting initiative will enable and support thousands of people across Greater Manchester to become more active through walking and cycling.

The first participants represent a diverse range of groups, including those supporting older women and children from more disadvantaged communities, refugees, those who have experienced domestic abuse and people with disabilities.

Cycle and Stride will work with the groups to understand their members’ specific needs and the barriers that prevent them from being more active in their daily lives. The team will produce plans which deliver help and solutions to create long term, sustainable changes. This could include a range of support from cycle training and led walks, to training local champions to become walking leaders and offering grants for access to bikes and cycle parking and other facilities.

One of the groups taking part in the initial phase of Cycle and Stride is Salford All Saints Team Ministry, which works closely with people from ethnically diverse and disadvantaged communities including asylum seekers & refugees and older people, within its local communities and parishes.

Reverend Clive Hamilton, who oversees the team said, “We are looking forward to promoting the scheme. Most importantly, whilst offering practical support and advice on alternative forms of safe, cost effective transport, it will be really good to help and involve people in the longer-term health benefits and enjoyment which is available from cycling and walking.“

Friars Primary School in Salford-will also receive support from Cycle and Stride, for both parents and students. Michael Earnshaw, Headteacher, The Friars Primary School said: “The Cycle & Stride project interested us as we hoped it would help us work towards increasing local confidence in getting out and about in a major urban area. We’re looking forward to providing parents and children the skills and confidence to use their local area more and provide the community with increased opportunities to cycle”.

TfGM’s Programme Lead Susannah Gyton-Moon said, “Cycling and walking are for everyone and this programme is a real opportunity to make sure that everyone has the ability and support they need to get active, in a way that works for them. This programme provides invaluable opportunities to understand barriers and work with communities across the city-region to make real, valuable changes.”

Made possible by a £1 million grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust, the three-year programme seeks to reach 10,000 people across communities that are least likely to be active or to walk or cycle their journeys. A further 10 groups will be added to the programme over the coming 12 months, with an eventual 60 community groups being supported, covering all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs.

Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner said: “We have been overwhelmed by the first round of applications received, which shows us that there’s an appetite in our local communities to enable more people to travel by foot and by bike. We know that cycling and walking provide a range of individual benefits, whether that’s improving health and fitness, catching up with a friend or having the confidence and freedom to get to where you want to be, without a car.

“Plans are moving at pace to turn Greater Manchester into a true walking and cycling city-region and this programme will help deliver real behaviour change that will get us to our target of one million more sustainable journeys taken daily by 2040.”

Olu Alake, Strategic Partnership Grants Lead at The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “Providing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to get active through walking and cycling has never been of such importance, not just as a means of transport but for our physical and mental wellbeing too. The Trust’s mission is to inspire activity, and these fantastic projects will enable more people from underrepresented groups to participate in walking and cycling activities. We look forward to seeing the Cycle and Stride for Active Lives programme develop and its impact in helping people across Greater Manchester to enjoy the benefits of being physically active.”

Due to the high levels of interest received, the next phase of recruitment will be in Autumn 2021. If you would like to add your details to the waiting list, please complete the expression of interest form here.

The first 10 community groups to take part in Cycle and Stride are:

  • Wave, Bolton - A charity delivering a programme of cycling and walking activities to ethnically diverse communities, homeless young people, women’s and disability groups.
  • Manchester South District Scouts Group, Manchester - Works with 14 scout groups across South Manchester reaching 1,200 young people, providing opportunities and skills for life. It aims to provide access to bikes to those less well-off and develop new skills through cycle training sessions.
  • Binoh, North Manchester - A charity supporting the ultra-orthodox Jewish community through education, health, economic and citizenship projects. It aims to enable the community to become more active and improve health and wellbeing using messages and activity programmes that are culturally and ethnically appropriate and accessible.
  • Community Horizons Global, Rochdale - A grass-roots volunteer walking group offering organised guided walks. It aims to combat high levels of inactivity and obesity; create a supportive network and increase confidence; raise awareness and develop knowledge of accessible walking activities.
  • WHAG (Formerly Woman’s Housing Action Group), Rochdale – A charity which aims to build confidence and enable people who have experienced domestic abuse to become more independent, as well as to create a supportive network through community champions.
  • Link 4 Life, Rochdale - A charity inspiring people to live more active, creative and healthy lives. It aims to develop cycling and walking programmes that are more accessible, linking with local groups, schools and partners to support the more isolated communities across the borough.
  • Friars Primary School, Salford- Aims to encourage parents and children to travel more sustainably to school; provide access to bikes; raise awareness and develop confidence in parents and children.
  • All Saints Team Ministry, Salford – The team serves local communities and parishes from ethnically diverse and disadvantaged communities including asylum seekers & refugees and older people. It aims to encourage and enable local communities to cycle for short key trips, develop confidence through training and groups sessions and provide access to bikes.
  • Cycling Projects, Salford - A charity offering accessible cycling through Wheels for All and Pedal Away projects. It works with disability groups, ethnically diverse communities and less well-off communities. The charity aims to develop existing cycling programmes in other places across Greater Manchester; provide access and support to local families, disability groups and communities to get cycling.
  • Heaton and Reddish Walkers, Stockport - A volunteer group delivering organised walks to the local community especially supporting young mums and retired women. It aims to expand the group and train more walking leaders and develop community champions.

Contact Information

Transport for Greater Manchester Press Office

0161 244 1055

Notes to editors

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the public body responsible for delivering Greater Manchester’s future transport strategy and commitments.

We also deliver a wide range of day-to day public transport and active travel services and projects to keep the city-region moving and growing.

With around six million journeys a day, we’re working hard to make travel easier through a better connected and well-informed Greater Manchester. To find out more about TfGM please visit

London Marathon Charitable Trust

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, and over the past 40 years The Trust has awarded grants totalling more than £93 million to 1,470+ organisations in London and across the UK.

The Trust’s vision is a society in which everyone is physically active, contributing to their health and wellbeing. It works towards this by enabling people to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background, and by challenging inequality of access to physical activity.

This grant was awarded through The Trust’s Strategic Partnerships Grants programme. Due to the uncertainty created by the pandemic, The Trust is not currently accepting any new grant applications. For more information visit