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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.

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Cycling and walking building boom: 55 miles of new routes and 140 new crossings to be created across Greater Manchester by December 2021

• 55 miles of protected routes and 140 new crossings for people on foot and bikes will be created next year
• The projects that councils across Greater Manchester plan to deliver total around £85 million, creating world class infrastructure and kick-starting the city-region’s plans for the UK’s largest cycling and walking network – The Bee Network
• 25 miles of pop-up routes and two low-traffic neighbourhoods will also be delivered
• Plans heralded as a “huge step” by Mayor and “the start of a transport revolution” by Commissioner Chris Boardman
• A selection of visualisations can be downloaded here

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TfGM urges parents and pupils to check travel advice, plan ahead and cycle or walk to school where possible in September

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is advising parents and pupils to plan ahead for how they will travel to school in September and to cycle, walk or scoot to school where they can.

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£3.1 million schemes confirmed to enable thousands more journeys on foot or by bike through first phase of emergency active travel measures

  • Immediate funding will see delivery of protected safe routes and traffic calming measures
  • Measures will help to provide a viable, safe travel alternative for the 1/3 of GM households that don’t have access to a car
  • Latest action as part of #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to protect public transport and provide safe travel options for third of Greater Manchester households with no car
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Leaders progress bold active travel plans as up to £5m of emergency funding made available as part of coronavirus recovery

  • Local Authorities launch #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to support social distancing during coronavirus lockdown and recovery
  • Pop-up infrastructure and temporary measures prioritised to enable safe essential travel and exercise for GM residents
  • Up to £5m of emergency funding will be available to Local Authorities from the Mayor's Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund (MCF)