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Coronavirus: Cycling and Walking information and advice

Updated: 10am Wednesday 14 October

To help keep yourself and others safe and keep traffic levels lower, we’re encouraging everyone to walk and cycle if they can.

By choosing to walk and cycle to work, school, the shops or for local trips, you are keeping yourself fit and healthy, saving money and staying safe.

In order to support you in making these journeys, we have put together tips and advice as well as links to further help and support, whether you are heading back to work, are a business or are preparing for the kids to go back to school.

We’re also working with councils across Greater Manchester as part of the #SafeStreetsSaveLives programme to create extra space and safe and direct routes for the increasing number of people choosing to travel on foot or by bike.

See below for our top tips on getting started 👇


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Safe Streets Save Lives

Greater Manchester local authorities are putting in a number of temporary measures to give pedestrians and cyclists more space to make them safer when travelling.


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Travelling to school

We want to keep pupils and parents up to date with the latest guidance around travelling to and from school.


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Businesses

If you're a business or heading back to work, find support and advice here.


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Cycle training

Some cycle training courses will be back up and running from 15 June.


Top Tips

If you’ve recently changed your travel habits and are now cycling some of your journeys, or are considering it, great! You’re playing a role in cutting down congestion and cleaning up our air. We’ve put together some advice to help you get started:

Find the best & safest route using a journey planner

  • TfGM have a range of cycling maps covering each district and the whole region, available here.
  • Cycle Streets is the national cycle journey planner, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike.
  • Google maps is always helpful!

Make sure your bike is safe to ride

  • If you need a new bike and your employer is signed up to the Cycle to Work scheme, you can find all you need to know here.
  • If you have a bike already, but it needs some work to get it back on the road, cycle shops are still open for repairs and maintenance. Sustrans has put together a map to help you find your nearest open bike shop. You can find out more here.
  • These simple maintenance guides from Cycling UK guide you through essential basic maintenance checks.
  • If in doubt, always seek professional advice from your local bike shop.

Make sure you understand how to ride safely on the road

  • Cycling UK has some helpful videos with tips on how to have a safer journey.
  • British Cycling has also produced a ‘Commute Smart’ video to help you get to grips with the basics of commuting by bike.
  • Data shows that women are less likely to feel confident cycling than men. Women’s only Breeze sessions will help you build confidence as part of a friendly, inclusive group

Make sure you’re prepared to deal with a problem

  • Before you leave the house carry out a quick M-Check.
  • Check out this quick guide for advice on what you should carry with you should a problem arise.
  • Bike Radar provides a step-by-step guide to patching an inner tube, so you don’t get caught short.

Safely lock up your bike

  • It sounds obvious, but there are recommended ways to lock your bike to ensure you make it as hard as possible for someone to steal your bike.

If you have any further questions or would like more detailed advice, or are a business looking for advice on how to encourage and enable your employees to commute by bike, don’t hesitate to contact the Sustainable Journeys team at sustainable.journeys@tfgm.com who will do their best to help.

Keeping active

It’s important that through this time we all try and stay active for our physical health and also our mental wellbeing. Our partners have lots of great ideas of how to stay active and keep moving without leaving the house, or how to stay safe and responsible if you do exercise outdoors.

When exercising, for example when taking a walk, run, or cycle - ensure you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household. For guidance on keeping moving during this time responsibly, visit the Greater Sport website.

If you’re looking for some inspiration on local walks, find a selection of routes and maps here.