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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

68% of GM residents support the creation of more active neighbourhoods.

57% agree that restricting through-traffic on local residential streets would make their area a better place.

62% agree increasing space for people walking and cycling on the high street would improve their local area.

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