TFGM Cycling initiative

GM Active and Transport for Greater Manchester get wheels in motion for leisure centre bike parking

GM Active have teamed up with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to encourage a more active approach to travel among local residents.

TfGM has awarded £30,000 in funding to GM Active partners Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust, Active Tameside and Inspiring healthy lifestyles to improve cycle parking around their leisure facilities in Bolton, Tameside and Wigan. The improvements include cycle lockers and secure shelters with CCTV and better lighting, which together will provide more than 50 brand new cycle parking spaces.

This means residents from Bolton, Tameside and Wigan, as well as those cycling in from further afield, will be able to safely park their cycle during their visit.

Installing the new cycle parking facilities is part of a wider commitment encouraging people to cycle or walk to leisure facilities.

GM Active spokeswoman, Clare Morley, said: “We know that good quality convenient cycle parking is a priority when people choose to hop on their bike to get to their workout or swim, rather than using their car, so we’re doing everything we can to make this possible across Greater Manchester.

“We’re delighted that we’ve been able to work with TfGM to support this and look forward to continuing to work together going forward.”

TfGM is also working with businesses and local authorities, along with organisations in the voluntary sector and Greater Manchester community groups, to improve cycle parking facilities across the GM region.

Councillor Chris Paul, Cycling and Walking Champion for the TfGM Committee, said: “Cycle parking grants for businesses and housing associations have been a huge success, with many firms and social landlords using the funding to introduce cycle storage facilities and encourage more people to get on their bikes.

“It’s great to see that we are now working with local authorities, charities and community interest companies, to introduce parking facilities so staff and visitors can have a safe and convenient place to park their bike.

“Greater Manchester has made a good start in making a trip by bike easier and more attractive and we have big ambitions to do much more to enable more people to walk and cycle short journeys.”

The cycle parking grants are part of the Cycle City programme led by TfGM with Department for Transport funding.