Active travel: In numbers
In numbers: Active travel in Greater Manchester
All the top facts and stats about cycling and walking in your city-region
77% of GM residents think that more segregated cycling routes would be useful to help them cycle more.
13% of residents in GM cycle at least once a week, while 47% of residents walk or wheel five days a week.
GM residents walk or wheel 1.2 million miles every day – that’s 47 times around the world.
GM has a 10-year, £1.5 billion plan to create 1,800 miles of routes and 2,400 new crossings.
In 2021, 25% of trips in GM under one kilometre were made in a car. That’s a 15 min walk or 4 min cycle.
it's good for you
There are a lot of benefits when you walk, cycle or wheel
Cycling is a healthy, low impact, exercise that anyone can do. It can reduce stress, help you relax and burn between 400-750 calories an hour.
Walking and wheeling saves time stuck in traffic jams for everyone, taking up to 300,000 cars off the road every day.
Cycling to work is nine times cheaper than driving averaging just £110 per year
it's good for society
Choosing active travel for everyday journeys also has a positive impact on others
Cycling and walking is good for you and saves the NHS around £4m every year.
Walking and wheeling trips boost the GM economy by £337.3m every year
Every year walking and cycling in GM saves: 48,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, 97,000 kg of NOx and 14,000 kg of particulates (PM10 and PM2.5)
It’s good for our neighbourhoods
Many residents in GM would like to see neighbourhoods prioritise active travel