Walking and Cycling Co-ordination & Advisory Group (WACCA)
This group was formed in 2021 to work together to increase access and participation in walking, cycling and wheeling in Greater Manchester for all (all people, places and purposes) in line with partners shared strategic priorities.
The group collectively champions, advocates and shares information to help lead, influence and grow an effective and inclusive movement for walking, cycling, wheeling in Greater Manchester.
Membership currently includes:
GM Moving is our shared ambition to make moving more a natural part of everyday life for all of us. Our shared purpose is to positively change the lives of people across Greater Manchester through physical activity and sport: All together inspiring people to move more. Find out more.
GM Walking Voice
GM Walking Voice is a collective of organisations that promote walking. Their aim is to bring together likeminded organisations and act as a unified voice to advance walking on decision makers’ agenda. Find out more.
Sustrans is the charity that makes it easier for more people to walk and cycle. As part of the TfGM Active Neighbourhoods project we are working with 10 districts in Greater Manchester to help create safer, healthier streets.
We are leading on a four-stage community engagement programme with local residents, schools and businesses, where peoples’ views are at the heart of the design process. Find out more here.
CIVITAS Handshake, an EU-funded project, is helping cities across Europe to turn cycling into an everyday mode of transport. To do this, three renowned “Cycling Capitals” – Copenhagen (Denmark), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and Munich (Germany) – are sharing their expertise and proven cycling solutions with 10 “Future Cycling Capitals”, one of which is Greater Manchester (represented by TfGM). Copenhagen serves as Greater Manchester’s project mentor, advising the city-region as it undergoes its process of cycling change. Read more.
Beryl manage day-to-day operation of Greater Manchester's bike hire scheme. They are an experienced bike-share company which already works with other cities and regions including London, Watford, Bournemouth, Norwich and Hereford. Find out more.
Cycling UK is a charity aiming to make cycling more accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. They help establish and grow community cycling projects as well as campaign to make cycling in the UK a safer, more enjoyable experience and provide expert advice, training and courses. Find out more.
As Britain’s governing body for cycling, British Cycling are involved with all levels of cycling participation, from leisure riders to elite competitors. They organise events and races for all abilities and offer a range of membership types to support your cycling journey.
Let’s Ride is British Cycling’s grass roots campaign which promotes groups, events, routes, campaigns, training, and support for those wanting to start or improve their cycling. British Cycling’s headquarters are based in Openshaw in the east of Manchester and work closely with TfGM on a variety of initiatives. Find out more.
Wheels for All
Wheels for All is a charity aiming to make cycling accessible to all people. They have at least one centre in each of Greater Manchester’s districts, all of which run regular drop-in sessions where you can borrow a range of adapted bikes. Volunteers are on hand to provide advice and support. They can also provide training on how to support an individual with additional needs. Find out more.
Living Streets is “the UK charity for everyday walking”. Working with schools, workplaces and communities, their mission is to make walking the natural choice for everyday local journeys. Find out more.
A campaign and volunteer organisation working towards making active travel modes the natural choice for journeys across Greater Manchester. Each of the 10 districts has its own subgroup (egWalkRide Bolton) who work with Local Councils to promote active travel initiatives. Find out more.
This nation-wide charity aims to promote walking for leisure, helping to get more people outside and active, whether in their local park or a national park.
They also campaign to improve land access rights, preserve footpaths and rights of way, and making walking more accessible for all. Find out more.
Canal and River Trust
As guardians of England’s and Wales’ canals, rivers and other waterways, the Canal and River Trust (CRT) work to preserve and enhance these important spaces, for nature to thrive in and for people to enjoy. Click here to find out more about Greater Manchester’s freely accessible routes, many of which can be used for walking, cycling and wheeling.
Groundwork make communities greener, safer and healthier by enabling and empowering local people and community groups. They aim to help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, and overcome life challenges while improving green spaces. Their range of projects can be freely accessed by anyone. Find out more.