About Chris Boardman
Greater Manchester's cycling and walking commissioner
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham appointed Olympic gold medalist, entrepreneur and active travel advocate, Chris Boardman, as Greater Manchester’s first Cycling and Walking Commissioner in September 2017.
In December that year, Boardman published Made to Move – a 15 step plan for revolutionising travel on foot and by bike across the city-region. The plan was agreed by Greater Manchester's 10 council leaders.
The Made to Move plan included the delivery of a Greater Manchester-wide walking and cycling infrastructure proposal, as well as a total highway design guide, making active travel the first choice for the school run, a road safety task force and better public access to bikes.
Summer 2018 saw the publication of The Bee Network – a proposal for Greater Manchester to deliver the UK’s largest cycling and walking network. So far, 107 schemes totaling more than £500 million are in the development pipeline across the city-region. The first 55 miles of routes are set to be completed by December 2021.
The Commissioner's focus is now on finding the further £1 billion needed to realise the full 1,800 mile long Bee Network, trialing European-style zebra crossings in GM to see if they can help make on-foot journeys easier and safer, as well as making walking and cycling the number one choice for the school run.