Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has teamed up with a Manchester property company to launch a new city-wide active travel initiative designed to encourage people to return to the workplace safely and sustainably and support the city’s economic recovery.
Bruntwood has established a series of pop-up active travel hubs across the city centre and Trafford to provide a support services for multi-modal transport, including opportunities for new and established cycling commuters to receive support and guidance for safely travelling into the city and access stop-off points with engineers to help with maintenance.
They will also provide maps, routes and advice to those walking and using other active methods of commuting including scooting and skating in place of cars and public transport.
Furthermore, each hub will offer a Bicycle Bezzie scheme, which is designed to enable new and less experienced cyclists to team up with keen bikers for guidance and support. Discounts and giveaways will also be available on essential bike kit, cycle hire and equipment from road cycling brand Rapha while other partners include Bike Right, Manchester Bike Hire and See.Sense.
Jessica Bowles, director of strategy at Bruntwood, said: “Manchester is focussed on bouncing back better and the city has already made huge strides in supporting people to return to the city with the introduction of new cycle routes, pop up cycle lanes, and socially distanced walkways.
“We can play a big role in supporting the thousands of people working across Greater Manchester to return to the workplace actively and safely but also sustainably in line with the government’s desire for a green recovery.
“Our goal is to help make sustainable travel more accessible so that many more people feel confident about commuting into the city without their cars or on public transport, and at the same time can look after their physical and mental wellbeing.”
Bruntwood customers can also take part in a scheme to pool employees’ active travel distances together to win free energy for their business for a year.