Greater Manchester Walking and Cycling Index

Formerly known as Bike Life, this is the UK's biggest ever study of walking, wheeling and cycling.

The plan for 2,734km of walking, wheeling and cycling routes will see 95% of residents live within 400m of a high-quality active travel route. This means that everyone who lives in, works in or visits Greater Manchester has the choice of a viable active travel option.

Every year, walking and cycling in Greater Manchester results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

£453.6 million

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

58,000 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

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Up to 360,000

cars taken off the road every day


Most of the pavements near where I live are old and uneven. If you add in parked cars too it’s like doing an assault course.

When the children were small I got forced onto the road while they were on the path as there was no space for the wheelchair. I couldn’t see them behind the parked cars. It was very upsetting.

Unsafe pavements isolate people in their homes. When I was a manual wheelchair user I couldn’t go anywhere on the pavement.

We need to design our neighbourhoods to suit people rather than cars. We should get rid of cars on pavements.

Making streets accessible for everyone helps with health and wellbeing and it builds community. If you’re not in a vehicle you get to know people. It creates nicer neighbourhoods.

Greater Manchester Walking and Cycling Index report front cover

Download the Greater Manchester Walking and Cycling Index

See Greater Manchester's vision for walking, wheeling and cycling.

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This report is also available in a text-only format.

Greater Manchester through the years

This is the fifth time we've assessed active travel in Greater Manchester. Download the previous reports:

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