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The Bee Network


Delivering the UK's largest cycling and
walking network

We’re connecting up every area and community in Greater Manchester, making it easy, safe and attractive for people to travel on foot or by bike for everyday trips.

The Bee Network Vision

Right here in Greater Manchester

The Bee Network, unveiled in 2018 by Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman, is a plan to revolutionise travel across the city-region, making active travel the number one choice for travelling to work, to school and to the shops. But we can only do this if trips by foot or by cycling are a safe and pleasant experience.

That means we hold ourselves to the highest standards for quality – routes that are fit for a 12-year-old, a double buggy or a wheelchair user. We are delivering fully segregated cycling and walking routes on busy roads (Busy Beeways), quality signage and crossings on quieter routes (Beeways) and creating areas where people are prioritised to make streets safer and quieter.

So far, we are spending £18 per head per year in Greater Manchester – that’s more than any other city-region in the UK and almost at Dutch levels, which are amongst the highest in Europe. That adds up to 108 cycling and walking schemes with a total value of more than £500 million in the development pipeline. Around 55 miles of routes will be completed by Christmas 2021 plus around 17 Active Neighbourhoods.

But we have plans for much, much more. This is a 10-year, £1.5 billion plan to create 1,800 miles of routes and 2,400 new crossings connecting every neighbourhood, school, high street and public transport hub in the city-region.

We make the routes, you make the journeys.

67% of Greater Manchester residents support building more protected roadside cycle lanes, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic

Sustrans' Bike Life report, 2019

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Cycle hire has launched in Greater Manchester. Hire bikes are now available from multiple stations along Oxford Road and at the University of Salford.

Chris Boardman

Find out more about Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester's cycling and walking commissioner and how he plans to turn GM into a true cycling and walking city-region.

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