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Scheme launching November 2021

Transport for Greater Manchester, working in partnership with Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Trafford Council, is launching Greater Manchester's first publicly operated, self-service, 24/7 cycle hire scheme in November 2021. ​

The scheme, which will roll out in stages, will see 1,500 bikes - including e-bikes, available to the public by summer 2022, with a public trial of 250 cycles launching on Oxford Road in November 2021.

Cycle hire stations, which will be placed across parts of Manchester, Salford and Trafford will typically be between 300-500m apart, ensuring that up to 198,000 residents are never more than a five-minute walk from a bicycle.

The scheme will be managed and funded by TfGM, on behalf of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and operated on a day-to-day basis by Beryl, the experienced bike-share company which already works with other cities and regions including London, Watford, Bournemouth, Norwich and Hereford.

When the full scheme rolls out in the summer of 2022 it will be one of the largest docked schemes outside London, and will give hundreds of thousands of Greater Manchester residents and workers an affordable, convenient and quick way to get around.

More information on the location of cycle hire stations will follow so please keep checking back.

How to use the bikes

The bikes will be available to hire via a mobile phone app. 

People simply find a bike at one of the cycle hire stations, and unlock using the app.

The bikes are GPS tracked, accessible and adaptable with automatic lighting.

Cyclists can then ride to their destination and use them as they want, provided they are returned to a cycle hire station.

Image: Mayor and Boardman on Bee Bikes for Beryl launch

Cycle hire prices

One of the best value cycle hire schemes in the UK

The bikes will be available on a Pay As You Ride (PAYR) basis.

Mechanical hire bikes will cost 50p to unlock and 5p per minute to ride.

E-bikes will cost £1 to unlock and 10p per minute to ride.

Bike locations

The map (right) for phase one outlines the zone where people will be able to pick up and drop off hire bikes across Manchester, Salford and Trafford.

From June 2022, total bike numbers will be ramping up to 1200 pedal bikes and 300 e-bikes, and more than 200 cycle hire stations across the zone.

GM Cycle Hire Zone map
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