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Cycling and walking have a crucial role to play in building a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly and efficient transport network.

Both offer convenient, attractive and safe ways to travel, particularly for short journeys.

They are vital to our achieving our vision to make Greater Manchester an attractive, healthy and economically thriving region, and also help to reduce air pollution.

We took on strategic responsibility for cycling and walking infrastructure and planning in 2011.

Since then, we’ve been working closely with local councils and other partner organisations to bring about a wide range of improvements, and promote cycling and walking to as many people as possible.

You can find out more about our progress so far and work under way now on the cycling and walking pages.

Greater Manchester’s first Cycling and Walking Commissioner

Greater Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham, is committed to encouraging cycling and walking for the future of our region.

He demonstrated this by appointing Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman as the region’s first Cycling and Walking Commissioner in July 2017.

Chris acts as the leading advocate for cycling and walking in Greater Manchester.

He works with the Mayor, the ten local councils and Transport for Greater Manchester to secure funding to develop and deliver cycling and walking related activity and programmes.

He’s also collaborating with Greater Manchester’s public, private and voluntary institutions to improve safety and conditions for cycling.

Chris is publicly raising the profile of cycling and walking to help increase activity levels in Greater Manchester. His work will help to ensure all local communities have the same opportunities to choose cycling and walking as part of a healthier lifestyle. It will also improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion, two of the key challenges facing our region.

On Friday 15 December 2017 Chris presented his ‘Made to Move’ report to the ten council leaders at a meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

Made to Move is Chris’s ambitious vision for cycling and walking in the region. It proposes a £1.5 billion infrastructure fund to be invested over the next ten years, bringing Greater Manchester’s spending on cycling and walking in line with London and other major conurbations.

The goals are to double and double again levels of cycling and to make walking the natural choice for as many short trips as possible. Working with the Mayor, TfGM, councils and other partners, Chris aims to make Greater Manchester one of the world’s best places for cycling and walking.

Find out more about Made to Move and download the report from the GMCA news page.

Greater Manchester cycling and walking strategy

The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 outlines our drive to make cycling a viable, safe and attractive travel choice for everyone as part of a more joined up approach to transport – and a genuine alternative to the car. It also establishes our ambition to make walking the obvious choice for shorter journeys.

We are working with the 10 district councils to develop a new Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Strategy. This will set out how we will make it easier and safer for people to cycle and walk in Greater Manchester.

The strategy will build on Chris Boardman’s recommendations and establish how we will target investment to help us meet our ambition: to make Greater Manchester a place where cycling and walking are the natural choice for shorter journeys.

We’ll publish the new strategy on our website in 2018.

During 2018 we will also prepare our Greater Manchester Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. This document will set out our long-term approach to developing the city-region’s future cycling and walking network.