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7 Exiting Manchester Cycling Statistics and Facts 2023


According to government statistics, cycling increased in Manchester in 2021, while walking decreased.

Manchester World’s analysis of Department for Transport (DFT) data indicates the city-trend region’s mirrored the national pattern.

Between November 2019 and November 2021, which covers months of the coronavirus epidemic.

Which necessitated considerable changes in daily life, including travel.

Manchester Cycling Statistics and Facts


  1. It was discovered that between November 2019 and November 2020. 9.6% of persons in Greater Manchester cycled at least once a week, up from 8.8% the previous year.


  1. 9% of people in the city region rode their bikes for fun each week. While 4.3 percent rode them for transportation.


  1. The city with the greatest regular bike utilization is Trafford. Where 14.8 percent of residents ride at least once a week.


  1. The number of persons walking once a week in Greater Manchester decreased from 67.6% in November 2018 to 63.6% in November 2019 to November 2020.


  1. In the most recent period, 49.6% of people walked at least once a week for pleasure. While 30.2 percent walked at least once a week for work.


  1. Trafford was the most active of the ten boroughs once again. With 70.5 percent of residents walking at least once a week.


  1. Walking and cycling for pleasure grew in the most recent year compared to the previous one. Although both as a form of routine transportation decreased.


In comparison to the rest of the nation, how does this stack up?


Manchester World and our PRIMEDIA Data Unit put out a chart to highlight how active each local government was.

And it’s evident that Greater Manchester is closer to the bottom than to the top of the list.


Cycling in Manchester


After pleasant experiences on bike and foot during the lockdown, over half (47%) of respondents in a Greater Manchester COVID-19 recovery survey plan to resume walking and cycling more regularly after the epidemic is over.


Cycle journeys are also up 25% compared to the same time last year. According to network intelligence statistics from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) (March 2020).


Data from TfGM’s on-street sensor technology was also revealed today. Revealing eleven places throughout the city region where cycling levels had skyrocketed since the outbreak started in March 2020.


said Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner Chris Boardman.

“It’s excellent that half of the people in Greater Manchester have stated they want to travel more on foot or by bike post-COVID,”.

Many people have tried it during the lockdown and have chosen to make it a regular habit. We wish to provide them with a secure environment in which to do so.

Is there a network of bike lanes in Manchester?


The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy includes the Cycling Cities Ambition fund. More than 30% of trips under half a mile in Greater Manchester are undertaken by automobile. According to data from Transport for Greater Manchester.


How did they do it?


The £191 million Cycle City Ambition program selected Greater Manchester as one of eight cities (or groups of cities) to receive funding.

One of the developments partially sponsored by this program is the Wilms low/Oxford Road corridor. This is Greater Manchester’s busiest cycling route. Largely because it runs through the city’s university district.


What we’ve done


Along the Wilms low Road and Oxford Road corridor. 3 kilometers of cycle lanes were constructed. The plan is implemented on both sides of the road and consists of a combination of:

  • a complete physical separation from traffic (63 percent)
  • segregation of light (1 percent)
  • a cycling lane that is not physically separated from the rest of the road (28 percent)
  • way that is used by everyone (8 percent)


At bus stops, the concept includes 26 cycling bypass lanes. Because the route is also Greater Manchester’s busiest bus corridor, this was a vital aspect of the design.


What kind of effect did it have?


  • The total southbound movement was 38 percent greater in the 11-week period in autumn 2017. One year after the counters were installed than in the same time in autumn 2016.


  • A second post-intervention count in March 2018 revealed that bike traffic in the region 2 to 2.5 kilometers from the city center had continued to rise.


  • The March 2018 census reveals increases in cycle volumes 0-2 miles from the city center of between 85 percent and 176 percent. And increases in cycle volumes 2-2.5 miles from the city center of between 104 percent and 128 percent, as compared to the March 2015 baseline.


  • More than 1 million travels were registered on the Oxford Road route in 2018. With up to 5,000 persons crossing this marker each day. This translates to 621,000 automobile trips, saving up to 1.9 tones’ of nitrogen dioxide and 873.5 tons of CO2.


  • At the 2018 National Transport Awards, the program received the Excellence in Cycling and Walking category.


Is Manchester a good place to ride a bike?


Greater Manchester is on the verge of a transformation in how people move from point A to B. We announced intentions to build the biggest bike and pedestrian network in the UK in 2018.


Cycling is popular in Greater Manchester for both transportation and recreation, and the city is also a prominent player in British cycle racing. The Manchester Cycling Lab is located at the University of Manchester.

Since 2014, Manchester has been renovating a number of major thoroughfares leading into the city center. Most notably Oxford Road, to include dedicated bike lanes isolated from buses.

  • Greater Manchester’s transportation plan intends to double the number of people riding to work over the next ten years. But even that lofty goal would still leave us a long way behind Europe’s cycle capital.


  • Copenhagen is the world’s happiest capital city. And it’s also become a role model for Manchester when it comes to enhancing the lives of bikers.


  • Manchester is one of six cities across the nation. Attempting to emulate Copenhagen as an example of how a city can be transformed by a love of two wheels.
  • Copenhagen’s status as the world’s most bicycle-friendly city is well-deserved.


  • Copenhagen is the world’s happiest capital city. It’s also become a role model for Manchester when it comes to enhancing the lives of bikers.


  • Manchester is one of six cities across the nation. Attempting to emulate Copenhagen as an example of how a city can be transformed by a love of two wheels.


  • Copenhagen’s status as the world’s most bicycle-friendly city is well-deserved.


After being allowed to rot as more prosperous regions like London developed, substantial effort is required to improve Greater Manchester in the manner Burnham and Boardman hope. With the Bee Network project costing an eye-watering £1.5 billion in total.


However, the ambition in these proposals is clear. As seen by the £57 million bridge that would allow bikes to pedal between Stockport’s transportation centers and the £11.6 million route that would link Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations.


Indeed, among the first projects suggested in July were 60 new and upgraded crossings for bicycles and walkers. As well as 15 kilometers of new paths to explore.


Not only that but in March, plans were made for Greater Manchester to take on the country’s largest cycle-hire initiative – comparable to London’s ‘Boris Bikes’ – which would assist bikers while also reducing traffic congestion.


“We pushed Greater Manchester’s ten local authorities to go to work straight immediately, and they were able to turn around these originally proposed projects in a timely manner.” This is a great achievement. in and of itself, and it will help us maintain momentum in our efforts to turn the city-region into a better place to live,” Boardman said in a July interview with the Manchester Evening News.


Is cycling in Manchester city centre safe?


Manchester may be home to Team Sky and one of the world’s greatest velodromes.

But it is unlikely to be included among the world’s top cycling cities. It’s absolutely not comparable to London in terms of cycling commuting.

Poor infrastructure, car-centric design, tram lines, a perplexing one-way system, rare bike parking, and relentless urban growth make biking difficult and frequently unpleasant. It’s no surprise that GMCC, the city’s campaign organization, is quite active.


However, there are some positive aspects. It’s easy to go from the city center too, and definitely surrounding, Salford Quays (with the Lowry, War Museum, BBC, and gleaming new dockside complexes) and Old Trafford (for football or cricket). Read about Scotland, Ireland, Europe and the world statistics.


Final Thoughts


From 2009 to 2021, the number of visitors to Manchester City Centre rose by 4%, more than doubling since 2002.

In fact, during the most recent assessment in 20121, pedal bikes made up over 5% of all vehicles traversing the Inner Ring Road1.

The city-trend regions followed the national pattern between November 2019 and November 2021. Read about UK’s cycling statistics.

According to Manchester World’s examination of Department for Transport (DFT) data, which spans months of the coronavirus outbreak, which caused significant adjustments in everyday life, including travel. 


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