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Bike Life Greater Manchester 2017


Greater Manchester is one of seven UK cities and city regions taking part in the Bike Life report, looking at progress in making cycling an easy, attractive and everyday way to travel.

It’s inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, which helped make Denmark’s capital one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities.

Working in partnership with national sustainable transport charity Sustrans, we’ve published the second Bike Life report for Greater Manchester. The first report in 2015 set the benchmark for the public’s opinion of cycling and how we can get more people on their bikes.

This year, Sustrans questioned more than 1,100 people to give a comprehensive picture of the attitudes towards cycling in the region.

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Key findings

The big headline is that 77% of residents are in favour of more protected cycle lanes (the type completely separated from vehicles by a kerb or bollards etc), even if this means less space for other traffic.

65% of residents interviewed across the city region would cycle more if on-road cycle routes were physically separated from traffic.

69% say Greater Manchester would be a better place to live and work if more people cycled, 31% of residents don’t currently ride a bike but would like to and three-quarters support more investment in cycling.

The results also show several improvements in people’s attitudes to cycling since the last report two years ago. In 2015, for example, 33% of residents said the amount of cycle routes was good and 37% thought the condition was good, while in 2017 this has increased to 40% and 43%.

We’ll use the results to plan for the future and build the right infrastructure, support and culture to make sure we meet our ambition to transform Greater Manchester into one of the UK’s leading cycling city regions.