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The Bee Network


What is the Bee Network?

It is our vision for an integrated London-style transport system which will join together buses, trams, rail as well as cycling and walking.

As part of this plan, we are 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.

Our Vision for Cycling and Walking

Right here in Greater Manchester

The original vision for the Bee Network was unveiled in 2018 by former Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman as 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.

Since then, the Bee Network has evolved and it now represents a vision for a fully integrated London-style transport system which will join together buses, trams, cycling, walking and rail.

Our plan is 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 bike 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, quality signage and crossings on quieter routes and creating areas where people are prioritised to make streets safer and quieter.

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

Cycle hire

Cycle hire has launched in Greater Manchester, with hire bikes now available across Manchester, Salford and Trafford.

Our Active Travel Mission

Read Greater Manchester's active travel mission that focuses on accessibility, behaviour change and clear communications.

The city-region’s vision and plan for Active Travel is impressive and the next phase is to ensure active travel is now completely embedded into a region-wide, London-style transport system.

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