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Cycle hire is coming to Greater Manchester

Scheme to launch in 2021 with a fleet of 1,500 bikes

In partnership with Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Trafford Council, Greater Manchester's first publicly operated, self-service, 24/7 cycle hire scheme is set to launch in November 2021 with an initial 1,500-strong fleet, including e-bikes. 

Bike-share company Beryl has been appointed to design, install and operate the scheme, which will give hundreds of thousands of Greater Manchester residents and workers an affordable, convenient and quick way to get around the city-region's centre. The first phase of the scheme will provide a fleet of around 1,500 bikes in parts of Manchester, Salford and Trafford, mainly chosen because of their large numbers of residents and visitors, nearby attractions and the high use of bikes by groups such as students. This first phase will make cycle hire a viable travel option for more than 100,000 households who will live within a five-minute walk of a docking station. Plans for phase two should see the scheme expand further out of the regional centre. 

Demand for cycling is on the rise in Greater Manchester, with trips up 20% on the long-term average, as shown in TfGM’s Travel Diary surveys. Local research has also found that only 16% of people living in flats have access to a bike, making this a huge barrier for people living in high-density housing in the region. 

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