We are excited to announce our new partnership with British Cycling which we launched in July at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and British Cycling have agreed to work more closely together to inspire more people to cycle and to promote enjoyable, safe and responsible cycling.
We sealed the partnership at the Manchester Velodrome when Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, and Ian Drake, Chief Executive of British Cycling, took to the track on a bicycle made for two.
The combined pledge of over £400,000 will deliver an exciting range of new cycle initiatives through to March 2016.
The Greater Manchester Cycling Partnership will make it easier than ever before for people to get on their bikes with the offer of at least 4,000 free places on organised bike rides, on more than 300 Sky Ride Local rides, Breeze rides and Ride Social rides organised by British Cycling across Greater Manchester.
Sky Ride Local
If you like to get out on your bike more, but are not sure where to start? With Sky Ride Local, British Cycling have done all the planning for you.
They have found the best routes, trained up Ride Leaders to guide and support you, and have picked some cracking places to visit along the way. With different levels, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge.
Find out more and join a local ride.
British Cycling’s Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun, helping thousands of women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride. Led by women for women, a network of passionate and enthusiastic female volunteers organise hundreds of free, local bike rides throughout the country, every week. Rides usually start or end at a local café, where cake and friendly natter is served in abundance. Designed to suit all ages and abilities, they are the perfect excuse to get out into the great outdoors and explore your local area.
Find out more and join a local Breeze ride.
Check out Britain’s biggest social network for cyclists! Meet like-minded riders, create groups, and organise your own rides.
Get cycling – cycling's even more fun when you do it with other people. Join bike rides organised by local cyclists or create your own.
Get connected – find local cyclists who enjoy the same bike rides as you. Create a profile to get matched up with your ideal cycling buddies.
Get together – share your favourite rides and routes for others to join and before you know it you’ll have your own cycling group.
Find out more and get connected.
Joy Lummis, has been part of Ride Social for over two years, organising 39 rides with her group. She said: “I got involved in Ride Social after being involved in Sky Ride Local guided rides, and finding myself at a loose end once the programme had ended for the season. I had made a few friends over the summer through SkyRide Local rides and wanted to carry on through the winter months.
“Getting involved in Ride Social has been a great way to meet new people and always ensure you have someone to ride with. You can pick the area you want to ride, check who's going to be on the ride and have online conversations between the group before the ride, so that you know exactly what to expect. The beauty of writing your own ride descriptions gives potential riders a good idea of what the ride will be like.
“I love meeting and chatting to people, having a laugh, finding out little snippets and bits of gossip. It doesn't matter what you do every day, what your job is, where you live, how you look, when we're riding together, we're all equal.”
If you love cycling and are passionate about getting your local community on their bikes, you can gain a formal cycling qualification by training as a British Cycling Ride Leader. The award is perfect for confident recreational cyclists who are enthusiastic and supportive about taking groups out on the road.
Or you could sign up and become a Breeze Champion; Breeze relies on a hugely important group of volunteers to make the programme happen. Their amazing energy, enthusiasm, passion and commitment to get women riding bikes is infectious. Breeze champion Michele Radant shares her cycling story – her love of bike riding, why she became a champion and what it means to her.
If you want to get started and take part in a Sky Ride Local, visit British Cycling to join in.