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Safe Streets Save Lives

During lockdown Greater Manchester has seen cycling trips increase by an average of 34%, with a weekday cycling peak reaching 170,000 trips.

In response to this, local authorities launched the #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to support social distancing during coronavirus lockdown and recovery, with £5m of emergency funding made available through the Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund.

National government also made funds available via the Active Travel Fund, with GM receiving an initial £3.1m in July to deliver the first phase of emergency transport measures, including 25 miles of cycling and walking routes and three active neighbourhoods.

Following a bid for tranche two funding, GM has received £15.9m to deliver a further 24 miles of cycling and walking routes. In line with government guidance, all of these schemes will be subject to public consultation.

Each district will be introducing measures that will most benefit their residents. You can find out more by contacting your local council, or by searching the #SafeStreetsSaveLives hashtag on social media.

The map below showcases the city-region’s 12-month priority cycling and walking schemes. This includes the Active Travel Fund walking and cycling routes, as well as the Bee Network routes and active neighbourhoods that will be delivered by December 2021.

ATF tranche two scheme proposals map FINAL


Bolton Council has asked residents to share their ideas for making their streets safer for cycling and walking during the coronavirus lockdown and beyond.

Tranche two measures are:

  • Manchester Road Corridor - A major segregated cycleway on the Manchester Road A575/B6356/A6053/A666 radial corridor to access Bolton town centre from the south. The scheme will be delivered in two phases:

  • Phase 1, Bolton to Farnworth, will connect the high quality cycling and walking infrastructure, including two CYCLOPS junctions currently being delivered as part of Bee Network MCF schemes in Bolton town centre, connecting with the large local centre of Farnworth, where a recent Streets for All Corridor Study has led to a Future High Streets Fund bid to deliver a major cycling and walking focused scheme through the town centre. The scheme will formalise the cycle lanes through road space reallocation and light segregation in the form of wand-orcas or similar.

  • Phase 2, south of Farnworth, will provide similar facilities, connecting from the southern extent of the proposed local centre scheme in Farnworth, a further 1.5 miles to the south through the residential area of Kearsley.

  • A58 Moss Bank Way Corridor (Doffcocker to Astley Bridge Junction)

Tranche one measures are:

  • Chorley New Road from the Beehive roundabout to Queens Park – pop-up cycle lanes in both directions linking to the existing cycle lanes in Queens Park.

  • A6 Bolton Boundary with Salford to the Chequerbent Roundabout, Westhoughton – pop-up cycle lanes in both directions.


Bury Council will be implementing an Active Neighbourhood in the area of Garside Hey Road in Brandlesholme. This will see modal filters on five roads preventing access by motor vehicles but continuing to allow access to pedestrians and cyclists.

Tranche two measures are:

  • Bury Fishpool and Pimhole Active Neighbourhood - A series of measures to improve access and enable walking and cycling trips within the Fishpool and Pimhole residential areas to Bury College and town centre, including a protected cycle route and new crossings and modal filters.

  • Stretches of Market Street and Wellington Street will be modified with a new two-way segregated cycle track, of 0.6 miles in total.


Manchester City Council’s proposals include temporarily creating pedestrian and cycle-only zones at Stevenson Square in the city centre’s Northern Quarter and on Ducie Street, from London Road to Dale Street and it has already temporarily closed part of Deansgate to cars.

An existing traffic-free scheme on Thomas Street has been extended to apply for seven days a week. Footways have been widened at a series of busy city centre and district centre locations across Manchester, which will help people to return to shops and businesses more safely and confidently as the government’s lockdown restrictions begin to be eased.

Tranche two measures are:

  • City Centre Triangle - The £4m scheme will see improved cycling and walking links created between the city centre’s three major train stations - Deansgate, Piccadilly and Victoria, plus bus hubs at Piccadilly, Shudehill and the coach station. It will consist of key corridors between the key transport hubs and incorporate other pedestrian and cycling schemes within the city, including the Northern Quarter cycling and walking project and Deansgate, to provide a continuous route through the city for people on bikes. The scheme’s final design and route are to be determined subject to public consultation.

  • Wythenshawe Cycling and Walking Improvements - The £1.5m Wythenshawe scheme will be developed by Manchester City Council, in partnership with Trafford Borough Council, to improve cycling links between Wythenshawe town centre, Wythenshawe Hospital and the city centre.  Subject to consultation, the scheme aims to improve and provide new dedicated cycle infrastructure from Simonsway via Wythenshawe Hospital to the Bridgewater Canal, to give a continuous route suitable for all levels of cycling experience. The scheme will involve the construction of new cycle routes and parallel crossings, while existing off-highway cycleways will be widened and resurfaced, with new lighting provided. The final route will be subject to consultation.


Oldham Town Centre – Cheapside/West Street will see the reallocation of road space to pedestrians including a zebra crossing.

New markings and signage are currently underway, as well as work decluttering Oldham Town Centre to keep people safe.

Measures were initially implemented in Oldham Town Centres as shops began to re-open. These works will be extended to other local centres as more businesses start to reopen and will form part of an ongoing programme over the coming weeks and months.

Tranche two measures are:

  • School Streets – Measures to support schools in promoting cycling and walking and social distancing by restricting access for motorised vehicles at times of the school day.

  • Sandy Lane/Rochdale Lane, Royton – A modal filter at Chapel Street/Sandy Lane, continuous side road crossings, footway widening, one-way route with cycle contraflow, kerb to kerb junction plateaus and a zebra aligned with the new MCF crossing on Rochdale Road.

  • Coal Pit Lane modal filter/’quiet route’ plus pedestrian/cycle improvements – Creation of a quiet route for cyclists and pedestrians by implementing a point closure between White Bank Road towards the Ashton Road junction and improvements to the route to improve its attractiveness and safety for users.

  • Oldham Town Centre – Lees – Grotton Linear Park – crossing points and gateways – A series of improvements at the intersection of the pedestrian/cycle route along the disused railway at the points it crosses the highway, including: Wellyhole Street; Cranbrook Street; Moorhey Street; Clarksfield Street; Station Road; and Ashbrook Road.
  • Treatments could include new continuous crossings and complimentary 20mph zones, gateway features and improved access controls.

  • Links to Royal Oldham Hospital – Creation of cycle and pedestrian facilities from the subway at Westhulme Avenue through the residential area surrounding the hospital to link with and upgrade an existing path leading directly into the hospital. The scheme will include place making improvements at key points on the route.

  • Wellington Street modal filter/’quiet route’ – Creation of a quiet route for cyclists and pedestrians by implementing a point closure from Alexandra Retail Park and the MCF Park Road scheme to connect via Rhodes Bank to the proposed new Growth Deal 3 Toucan at the Rhodes Bank/Waterloo Street junction.


Tranche two measures are:

  • Milnrow Town Centre - A new 530-metre cycling and walking route through Milnrow town centre, on Dale Street, from Edmund Street to Stone Street. The project will also support moves to create more outdoor space, to support social distancing and give people more travel options as the pandemic continues.

  • St. Leonards - Part closure of St Leonard’s Street to enable a section of the road to be reallocated as cycling and walking provision. Planters will also be installed here to improve the appearance of the area. __


Salford City Council has already started the process of bringing forward elements of its Mayors Challenge Fund (MCF) walking and cycling proposals in the Trinity and Islington Neighbourhoods, following requests by residents for measures, by trialling ‘Modal Filters’ that reduce through traffic and quieten streets.

Tranche one activity includes:

  • Blackfriars Street pop up cycle lane

  • Chapel Street East/Victoria Bridge Street bus gate

  • Chapel Street East pop up cycle lane

  • Islington Neighbourhood modal filters/point closures

  • Oldfield Road Corridor pop up cycle lane

  • Liverpool Street pop up cycle lane

The recent Commonplace consultation received almost 4,000 visitors and 4,455 for making the city more pedestrian and cycle friendly to manage social distancing.

Tranche two measures are:

  • Eccles Old Road – Proposal includes light segregation upgrade to existing advisory cycle lanes on Eccles Old Road between Langworthy Road to Salford Royal Hospital. The route will provide improved links to Salford Royal Hospital and Salford University, and employment opportunities in the town of Eccles and at MediaCityUK/ Salford Quays.

  • Blackfriars Street – Upgrading the temporary measures installed during the first tranche of emergency active travel schemes to provide a segregated cycle route. Central to the objectives of this scheme, and the access and movement aspirations for this part of the city centre, is the continuation of high-quality cycle provision along Blackfriars Street.

  • A6 Cycleway – Proposals include “pop-up cycle lanes” along the A6 corridor to upgrade sections of existing advisory cycle lanes to provide light segregation cycle routes.  The exact sections are to be determined but will improve cycle access to local centres, schools and colleges in the area.

  • Swinton Active Neighbourhood – Proposal to create an active neighbourhood, preventing rat running and creating quieter streets for local residents and those who walk and cycle.


Stockport’s Walk Ride groups have worked with Commonplace and Stockport Council to a map tool to help residents flag up areas of concern in their neighbourhoods.

In tranche one, Stockport will implement a 3.3km long cycle route using quiet streets parallel to the A6 between Heaton Chapel and Stockport Town Centre which includes a temporary signal junction, pop up cycle lanes, a cycle only filter point and an altered junction priority to speed cyclists on their way.

Tranche two measures are:

Stockport Town Centre Package - A series of physical interventions that will create a pedestrian and cyclist friendly environment in the historic marketplace and surrounding streets in Stockport town centre. The proposals will also help to support the regeneration of the area that also includes the much-loved Underbanks.


The council is creating safe routes along the A635 to provide a direct corridor for cyclists and pedestrians from Ashton town centre towards the city centre and back.

Quiet streets – Currier Lane and Stamford Drive.

Find out more.

Tranche two measures are:

  • Dowson Road, Hyde - This scheme will reallocate road space on Dowson Road, providing facilities to promote cycling on this key transport corridor. Consideration will also be given to filtering at Gower Road, to provide improved access towards the off-highway routes into the town centre. The scheme will introduce measures such as ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes, and light segregation where appropriate, to support essential commuter trips and connectivity to leisure routes. This will make cycling a safer and more attractive proposition.

  • A6140 Lord Sheldon Way, A6043 Wellington Road and A670 Penny Meadow/Mossley Road from junction of Richmond Street to Rose Hill Road Ashton-under-Lyne - This scheme will introduce measures such as ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes, and light segregation where appropriate, to support essential commuter trips and connectivity to leisure routes. This will make cycling a safer and more attractive proposition. The proposals will complement the measures currently being introduced on Lord Sheldon Way/Manchester Road. It should be noted that part of the route is subject to a separate MCF proposal (Ashton Streetscene). This proposal will provide temporary improvements to cycling provision within the town centre until the permanent measures of the MCF scheme are introduced.

  • Stamford Street Central – temporary closure, Ashton - This scheme will look to introduce a temporary closure at the western end of Stamford Street Central, providing a filter for pedestrian and cycle access only. This will enable good connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists but will act to deter vehicular through-traffic. The scheme will support essential commuter trips by active travel modes in accessing towards the town centre. Reduced volume and speed of vehicles within the town centre environment will improve safety.

  • Upgrade of existing cycle lanes - Upgrade of a number of schemes across the borough where improvements can easily be made to make cycling trips safer and more comfortable for commuting essential trips or leisure. This may include the introduction of light segregation where applicable.


In response to the Covid-19 crisis and following Central Government guidelines, Trafford Council have been working with One Trafford (a partnership between Trafford Council and Amey) to enhance spaces for pedestrians and cyclists across the borough, and enable people to keep their distance for safe essential journeys and exercise during the coronavirus lockdown and through recovery. The health of residents in Trafford is the number one priority for the council and is at the centre of these emergency plans of creating a safer and greener borough.

Tranche one measures include:

-A56 corridor

-12-13 modal filters (various locations)

  • Lostock Road, Urmston – bollards

  • Edge Lane, Stretford (Stretford Metro Link) towards Kings Road

  • Chester Road, Stretford (Between City Road & Virgil Street) - Pop Up Lane

  • Marsland Road, Sale - pop up cycle lane

  • Edge Lane, Stretford (between Lime Road & Inglyby Ct)

Tranche two measures are:

  • A56 protected cycle lanes –

  • Protected cycle lanes on A56 Cross Street/Chester Road, from Dane Road to Chester Road Recycling Centre (Stretford Tip), in both directions (segregated cycleway with cylinder protection and additional signage).

  • Protected cycle lanes on A56 Chester Road, northbound, on the gyratory (nr. Barton Road).  Some civil works required here to reduce the width of the centre of the gyratory to widen the carriageway in order to accommodate 2 lanes of motor vehicles, a bus lane and a protected cycle lane.

  • Protected cycle lanes on A56 Chester Road, southbound, from Talbot Road to Edge Lane.  Some civil works required at the junction with Davyhulme Road East to reduce the width of the central island to widen the carriageway in order to accommodate 2 lanes of motor vehicles and a protected cycle lane.

  • Quiet route on Boyer Street from Talbot Road to the A56 Bridgewater Way, in both directions.  Minor civil works required at the junction with A56 Bridgewater Way.

  • Protected cycle lanes and new temporary footway on A56 Bridgewater Way from White City Circle to Cornbrook Road, in both directions.

  • Edge Lane, Stretford - Upgrade the existing pop-up cycle lane on the northern side of the road between Kings Road and Cromwell Road. 


Wigan council has:

  • Temporarily extended the pedestrian zone times in Wigan and Leigh town centres from 10:30am - 4pm to 9am - 5pm to help walking and cycling movements.

  • Introduced 20mph speed limits on some Wigan town centre roads including Standishgate, Market Street, Millgate, Crompton Street and Mesnes Street. Permanent signage will be in place. It is hoped that this particular measure will become permanent following a six month trial period.

  • Extended the operating times of the bus lane on Leigh Road from peak hour to 24/7.

Find out more here.

Tranche two measures are:

  • Worsley Mesnes Active/Low Traffic Neighbourhood - Wigan’s proposal for an active/low traffic neighbourhood in Worsley Mesnes include a range of improvements including: measures to prevent rat-running and improve the pedestrian and cycling environment; safety improvements outside the two primary schools on Tyrer Avenue,; environmental improvements; and secure cycle parking, including at the shops and schools.

  • The proposals will complement the housing-led regeneration work already in development in the area and we plan to commence further development work, including community and stakeholder consultation, as soon as possible.