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Save 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.

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.

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TfGM, on behalf of the GMCA and the local authorities, also submitted a £21.5m GM-wide funding bid to the Department for Transport, which includes plans for 200km of protected cycle lanes, 94km of which are on strategic routes.

The DfT has confirmed that an initial £3.1m will be provided to deliver the first phase of emergency transport measures. Councils, the GMCA and TfGM have worked to prioritise which schemes will be delivered in this first phase of funding, these can be found here.

So far, a number of measures have been implemented across GM including pedestrianised areas and key protected safe routes for journeys by bike.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


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.