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Why cycle?

Reasons to start cycling, and the benefits of riding in Greater Manchester

The independent cycling organisation, Whycycle, gives three great reasons for getting on your bike.

  1. Cycling is good for you
  2. Cycling is good for your wallet
  3. Cycling is good for your world

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Extra benefits of cycling in Greater Manchester

On top of these great reasons to ride, there are extra benefits of cycling in Greater Manchester:

  • If you want to ride into town, or to the start of a trip by public transport, our low-cost Cycle Hubs and bike lockers across the region mean you can leave your bike without worry.
  • We can help employers and businesses enjoy the benefits of a cycling workforce. Cyclists are generally healthier than average, take less time off work, and reduce pressure on car parks. See how the Travel Choices scheme can help you set up a bike-friendly workplace.
  • Greater Manchester has a growing network of quiet traffic-free cycle routes from urban centres out into the neighbouring countryside. Find a cycle route.
  • Manchester is at the heart of British cycling. If you want to be more adventurous you can try riding on the world-class velodrome, BMX track, or Clayton Vale mountain bike trail - all run by the National Cycling Centre. Or try one of the many mountain bike routes in the region, like the Pennine Bridleway.