Our vision is that everybody in Manchester will be able to walk, wheel or cycle as part of their everyday lives - for school, work, shopping and socialising, in safety, comfort and happiness.
To help achieve this we have developed the Manchester Active Travel Strategy, after listening to what residents told us prevented active travel as part of their everyday lives. Our residents want more and safer places to walk, wheel and cycle.
The target of the Active Travel Strategy us that we convert existing and future short journeys to walking, wheeling and cycling. To do this we have a set of ambitions that will support a pipeline of projects and future initiatives. The strategy and ambitions were endorsed by the Councils Executive in February 2023.
Our targets - by 2028
- Make walking the natural choice for short journeys
- Double the number of cycling journeys, from 6% to 12%
- Reduce the default speed limit to 20mph and reduce 40mph to 30mph, in locations where we can justify that it will improve safety
- Deliver at least one school street per ward
- Enable 70% of primary and 40% of secondary children to walk or cycle to school
- Deliver the Manchester Network Plan, aiming to build at least 20% of the active travel networks we've identified and develop proposals for a further 30%
- Improve two local centres per year
- Invest a minimum of £10 per capita per year
- Double the number of people who live within a 10 minute walk or cycle from a green space
- Enable safe access to the regional centre, district centres, parks and other key destinations
- Enable safe active travel to schools and colleges
- Improve citywide health and wellbeing through transport investment
- Reflect the diversity of Manchester and address transport inequalities
- Remove access barriers that prevent access by non-standard cycles and wheelchairs
For more detail read the Manchester Active Travel Strategy and Investment Plan