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Cycle hire launch

Bee Network Cycle Hire gets underway in Manchester and Salford

  • The first phase of Greater Manchester’s 24/7 cycle hire scheme has launched today
  • Hire bikes are now available from multiple stations along Oxford Road and at the University of Salford – making cycling a real option for commuters, cross city travellers and students.
  • To celebrate, new users will receive a free 15-minute ride, plus free unlock, if they use the scheme between 18th and 19th November.
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Get involved in the Destination: Bee Network Conversation

Over the past four weeks, the Destination: Bee Network bus has been touring across Greater Manchester gathering people’s opinions on how to transform the way people travel in the region.

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Funding award marks a significant step towards Bee Network

Transport for Greater Manchester has welcomed the award of £1.07bn in government funding to the city-region - marking a significant step towards delivering the Bee Network.

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People of Greater Manchester invited to join in the Destination: Bee Network Conversation

  • Mayor and Transport Commissioner launch public conversation on GM’s journey to the Bee Network – an integrated transport system which will join together buses, trams, cycling, and walking by 2024, with rail incorporated by 2030 
  • The Network will transform how people travel in GM, supporting seamless end-to-end journeys, with the Bee symbol intended as a trusted guarantee of a good service 
  • By getting involved in the Destination: Bee Network Conversation, people can help to bring the vision to life based on what’s most important to them 
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It’s Time – to get back to what you love and support Greater Manchester

  • Mayor launches new ‘It’s Time’ campaign urging people to get back to what they love and support businesses across Greater Manchester – but to do it safely and keep each other safe.   
  • People asked to think about what changes they could make to their travel plans and use public transport or cycle or walk if possible. 
  • A range of flexible ticketing products are available now and a new Bee Flex Weekly product launches in September – meaning people can make unlimited journeys on Metrolink and never pay more than a seven-day travel pass.
  • On-board safety remains a key priority with a major new sponsorship deal signed with Lifebuoy – providing free hand sanitiser across the Metrolink and bus network.
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Bike library scheme boosts access to cycling across Greater Manchester

A new scheme that allows people to borrow a bike for free – just like a book - has been launched in Greater Manchester, offering communities the chance to kick-start their own sustainable bike library.

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Andy Burnham vows to accelerate plans for improved, London-style transport network

• Mayor plans immediate talks with Government to accelerate bus franchising, with new target of 2024
• 95 electric vehicle charging points to be delivered by end of the year, with a further 200 by end of 2022
• Bike hire scheme to launch in November, with delivery partner announced next month
• 100km of cycling and walking routes to be completed by end of year
• Mayor asks TfGM to accelerate plans to bring Metrolink to Middleton as part of regeneration vision for town
• Mayor to chair inaugural meeting of Bee Network delivery board

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Half of respondents to Greater Manchester survey open to walking and cycling more post-pandemic

A Greater Manchester COVID-19 recovery survey has found almost half (47%) of respondents want to keep on walking and cycling more often once the pandemic is over after positive experiences on bike and foot during lockdown.

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Bury makes active step forward with latest £1.3m commitment to walking and cycling

Greater Manchester’s Bee Network plan to deliver the UK’s first joined up cycling and walking network is set to see a boost in Bury, with £1.3m of funding released for new cycling and walking routes.

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Residents asked to feedback on plans for low traffic neighbourhoods in Bolton and Bury

Residents in Bolton and Bury are being asked how they’d like to improve the streets where they live as part of plans to create a series of new low-traffic neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester.   

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Latest cycling and walking schemes secure £11.8m funding for delivery

Greater Manchester’s Bee Network plan to deliver the UK’s first joined up cycling and walking network is set to be boosted by almost £12m worth of new cycling and walking routes.

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GM Bike Hire scheme supplier race now down to four operators

Greater Manchester’s bike hire scheme has moved one step closer with four operators shortlisted,  Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced today.