As seen in London, Paris and Copenhagen cycling is a growing mode of public transport. In the majority of developed European countries cycling is seen as the go to transport option for commutes and leisure journeys and we believe Manchester would be the perfect city to pioneer a revolutionary public cycle hire platform. Cities in these countries offer great infrastructure for cyclists, including cycleways, education and public cycle hire schemes.
When we formed in September 2015 we looked at the organisation of a profit lead structure, but after consulting with Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, we came to the conclusion that a well led organisation could potentially offer its services to all Greater Manchester residents. This idea of a region wide social enterprise offering free transport would revolutionise how people in Manchester navigate their local areas and truly provide a simple, healthy and accessible mode of transport for all Greater Manchester residents.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
With reductions to budgets across all sectors and tightening legislation on emissions. Low carbon transport and cycling in particular holds the key to Greater Manchester's success following the regions impending devolution deal. Cycling will not only offer another the region an avenue to reduce transport emissions, but also healthcare costs through promoting a healthier lifestyle.
As you may or may not be aware the regions transport network is gearing up to go smart with the introduction of the 'Get Me There' smart travel card. The smart card will allow for seamless travel across Transport for Greater Manchester's extended travel network and our plans are to make our bike accessible via the 'Get Me There' card.
Lastly our proposed plans are focused on developing a safer city region for future generations. Though increased cycle interaction, awareness and participation we aim to grow a safer environment on Greater Manchester's road and cycle network.
Steps to get it done:
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