Free Cycle Hire For Greater Manchester

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Free Cycle Hire For Greater Manchester

Free Cycle Hire For Greater Manchester

Mark  Shaw By Mark Shaw

Greater Manchester looks set to enter the global stage with the introduction of a public cycle hire platform. We are looking to tender and offer Greater Manchester residents this service for free

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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:

  • Create the worlds first free public cycle hire network
  • Provide public cycle hire to all ten Greater Manchester combined authorities
  • Create jobs in vulnerable areas and aid in regeneration
  • Work with local charity partners to employ people from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Work with local cycling groups to ensure the growth modal share of cycling as a mode of transport
  • Reduce Greater Manchester's carbon footprint

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:

  • Complete our sustainable financial model for testing
  • Deliver a prototype for demonstration to the public and local authourities
  • Create an channel to promote fundraising locally and internationally
  • Build and integrate our online presence
  • Generate and submit our proposal to TfGM as and when the tender is released

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Manchester has 36 other projects and £355,000 in potential grant funding

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