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Mayor of GM welcomes cycle hire milestone with 100,000km ridden

  • The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has celebrated GM’s cycle hire scheme passing 100,000km collectively ridden since it launched in November 2021.
  • The full scheme is due to launch later this year with 1,500 bikes, including 300 e-bikes, becoming available from stations across Manchester, Salford and Trafford.
  • The Mayor is also encouraging people to sign up online for TfGM’s cycling courses to develop confidence on two wheels and get active this Spring.

GM’s new cycle hire scheme has seen over 100,000km collectively ridden since it launched to the public in November 2021 – the equivalent of a quarter of the distance to the moon or two-and-a-half times ridden around the world.

Overall, there have been over 39,000 journeys taken on the bikes, with over 10,400 active users.

Bikes are currently available from stations along the Oxford Road corridor, at the University of Salford and at MediaCityUK, making cycling a real option for commuters, cross city travellers and students.      

The use of the bikes has been closely monitored since the scheme launched and learning will be fed in as the roll out continues later this year when the scheme expands and bikes become available in Trafford.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “We wanted to create a cycle hire scheme in GM so that more people had access to an affordable, accessible and sustainable form of transport.

“It’s great to see how the scheme has been received by the people of GM so far. Seeing the number of people riding around Oxford Road, the University of Salford and MediaCity on our iconic yellow bikes has been brilliant – and I’m really looking forward to more bikes becoming available in the future.”

Beryl CEO, Phil Ellis, said: “I'm delighted we've been able to reach this milestone already in Greater Manchester and I think it's testament to the important role that bike share can play in an integrated urban transport system.

“Our experience tells us that, when schemes are delivered both in partnership with cities and in consultation with communities and key stakeholders, they provide the best possible service for users.”

As the weather improves the Mayor is also urging families to boost their confidence and get out and about cycling and walking - with lots of advice and information available at tfgm.com/beeactive - where you can also sign up for a range of great-value cycling courses.

The Mayor continued: “I would encourage anyone who wants to try cycling, but perhaps lacks a bit of confidence on two wheels, to give the cycling courses that TfGM offers a go.

“They will help you get back into the saddle with more confidence, learn a thing or two about fixing your bike and enable you to get out as a family. Embracing active travel into your daily lives is great for your health, your wellbeing and could even save some money – especially if you are able to leave the car at home for local journeys now and again.”

There are a range of courses available at TfGM, including one-to-one sessions, cycle maintenance courses and even family confidence training, which provides guidance on how to safely cycle as a group on the road, giving families the chance to get out together this spring.

And if you need a bit of inspiration, TfGM’s interactive map shows key points of interest and highlights how far you can get from your home in just 15 minutes when cycling or walking.

Contact Information

Transport for Greater Manchester Press Office

0161 244 1055

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