Greater Manchester Mayor welcomes cycle hire milestone with 100,000km ridden

Greater Manchester’s new cycle hire scheme has reached a landmark of more than 100,000 kilometres collectively ridden since it launched to the public in November 2021 – the equivalent of a quarter of the distance to the moon or two-and-a-half times ridden around the world.

Overall, there have been over 39,000 journeys taken on the bikes, with over 10,400 active users.

Bikes are currently available from stations along the Oxford Road corridor, at the University of Salford and at MediaCityUK, making cycling a real option for commuters, cross city travellers and students.

The use of the bikes has been closely monitored since the scheme launched and learning will be fed in as the roll out continues later this year when the scheme expands and bikes become available in Trafford.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “We wanted to create a cycle hire scheme in GM so that more people had access to an affordable, accessible and sustainable form of transport.

“It’s great to see how the scheme has been received by the people of GM so far. Seeing the number of people riding around Oxford Road, the University of Salford and MediaCity on our iconic yellow bikes has been brilliant – and I’m really looking forward to more bikes becoming available in the future.”

(Picture – TfGM)

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