What is the Bee Network?

Connecting communities across Greater Manchester

What is the Bee Network?

The Bee Network proposal is a vision to make Greater Manchester an easier place for people to get around on foot or by bike.

Our aim is to make the region a nicer place to live, work, get on and grow old and to connect every neighbourhood and community, while helping people be less dependent on cars.

The proposal is a vision for Greater Manchester to become the very first city-region in the UK to have a fully joined-up cycling and walking network: the most comprehensive in Britain covering 1,800 miles.

The Plan

Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman, put together a 15-step plan to transform our region by changing the way we move; this was called Made to Move.

This plan aims to tackle the societal problems that GM shares with the rest of the country - an obesity epidemic, air quality issues and streets that are often clogged with motor traffic during peak hours.

The Bee Network

Chris Boardman explains: "The Bee Network is a proposal for a joined-up cycling and walking network that connects all of the communities in Greater Manchester, making it easier for people to get around without using a car.

"Crucially, the network is not for people who already cycle or walk for the majority of their journeys. Its focus is to enable the two thirds of people who currently use their car as their main mode of transport to walk or cycle more.

"One of the keys to unlocking walking and cycling’s potential across Greater Manchester will be building major, fully-segregated cycleways on key routes. These must be safe, attractive spaces alongside high quality footways. But they are not the only requirement and not even the first.

"In order to make the network a success, it was crucial that this mission was owned and driven by the local authorities. In line with that promise, this network has not been created in isolation by engineers.

"It has been created by all of Greater Manchester’s ten local authorities. The networks were drawn collaboratively by council officers, local highway engineers, as well as local cycling, walking and community groups. And crucially, they held the pen. Another UK first.

"The cycling and walking network is truly an inspirational vision for how we can transform Greater Manchester for the better. Now, let’s get on with it!"