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Cycle and Stride for Active Lives


Cycle and Stride for Active Lives

Cycle and Stride for Active Lives is an exciting initiative from TfGM that supports community groups and people in Greater Manchester to become more active through walking and cycling.

Made possible by a £1 million grant from the London Marathon Foundation, the three-year programme seeks to reach 10,000 people across communities that are least likely to be active or to walk or cycle their journeys.

The aim is to reach communities who experience more barriers when it comes to walking and cycling.

We will work with approximately 60 different communities, charities, faith groups and schools over the next three years to improve access to cycling and walking. We will do this through grants, training, online support, activities and events, all with the support of incredible local champions and volunteers.

Hear from our groups

"We are so excited about Cycle and Stride, and what it will help us achieve as a community. As a fast-growing community of ‘women supporting women’ the grant will enable us to create even more opportunities to be together, to be active and social and encourage even more women and girls to join us."

Grace from Solemother

Cycle and stride group solemother with their arms up on a walk

"Thanks to Cycle and Stride, we are now incredibly excited to reach even more people and continue to promote the benefits of embracing the outdoors for our physical and mental wellbeing. We hope you can join us on our next adventure!”

Sammy from The Sunnywood Project

A woman dropping autumn leave onto the floor

"What’s been truly amazing about the scheme is the brilliant and friendly support we've received from the Cycle and Stride team. As well as funding towards the group’s development, we’re also receiving valuable professional training services.  This has been fantastic for us as we have ambitious growth plans."

Atchara from Tameside Women's Community Cycling Group

Tameside Womens Community Cycling Group stood with their bikes

Find Cycle and Stride groups near you

We are currently working with the following groups and communities that work across Greater Manchester:

  • Chinese Health Information Centre (CHIC) - Provides culturally appropriate health information services and links between statutory services & the Chinese Community in Greater Manchester.

  • GM Ringway / CPRE Lancashire - The GM Ringway is Greater Manchester’s walking trail. Covering all ten boroughs of the city-region, the 300-km trail explores an astonishing variety of natural and historical sites.

  • The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) - To support disabled people to walk regularly to increase activity levels, health, and wellbeing.

  • The Manchester Deaf Centre - A deaf-led organisation providing support to D/deaf, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people.

  • Yaran - Provide culturally appropriate mental health services to BAME community across GM.

Here are the groups we work with, by district:


  • Be The Change Youth Project - Be The Change runs weekly sports and fitness activities for young people aged between 12-24, including football, boxing, basketball and netball.

  • BELIEVE ACHIEVE CIC - Believe Achieve is a young people led youth organisation, which delivers a unique urbanised style of activities which engages young people in a proactive, positive way.

  • changing life directions/ Fit4Life Project Manager - A women-led charity dedicated to helping women in Bolton who face seemingly impossible barriers to find a way to live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

  • Khidma Ladies - An all-inclusive group acting as a support network for ladies predominantly from diverse cultural communities aged 18-80 years old within the Rumworth ward of Bolton.

  • WAVE Adventure - 21 years working with disadvantaged communities enabling them to take part in walking, cycling and a range of other outdoor activities.


  • Creative Living Centre - Helping people choose the right combination of activities to suit their individual needs.

  • The League of Curiosity - Develop and deliver storytelling-based projects, activities and plays to facilitate, and support the creative thinking and wellbeing of children, young people, and adults.

  • The Sunnywood Project - Non-profit arts and nature education provider and outdoor events organiser, combining arts and nature.

  • Tree Life Club - Engaging outdoor activities for pupils and students, exploring and observing in a hands on way focusing on the natural world.


  • Abraham Moss - Multi-cultural club focusing on sport and other activities for families in Cheetham and Crumpsall, North Manchester.

  • Bee PedalReady - Bee Pedal Ready, provides a safe space for women to learn, repair, and ride bikes.

  • British Muslim Heritage Centre - Community based wellbeing programmes.

  • Booth Centre - Community centre working with people who have experience of or are at risk of homelessness.

  • Burnage Buddies (Cooperative Social Group) - An organisation that helps South Asian women socialise, integrate, be active and become a strong group influencing the people and communities around them.

  • Chit Chat Chai - Provides a safe space for local women to learn English and support their health and wellbeing by developing networks of friendship and support.

  • Communities for all - Supporting all community groups with the object of encouraging community cohesion, integration and improving social & economic inclusion.

  • Eden Boys' Leadership Academy - Award-winning Academy School supporting active lives for pupils via cycling and walking.

  • Manchester District Scouts - Supporting the 14 scout groups in Manchester South and over 1200 young people aged 8-18, including some from deprived areas.

  • Joy Ethic - Joining people together in mutually empowering ways through community-focused initiatives.

  • Longsight Medical Centre – Moss Side Branch - Trusted medical practice in the heart of Moss Side encouraging local residents to get more active through cycling and walking.

  • Longford Park Community Cycle Hub - Community initiative to encourage more people to cycle in and around Stretford.

  • Manchester Secondary PRU - School for those excluded or at risk of being excluded, providing access to bicycles & equipment.

  • No. 93 Wellbeing Centre - Community Centre in the heart of Harpurhey providing a comprehensive set of wellbeing services.

  • Station South - Destination cycle café, bar and co-working space in Levenshulme, supporting active lives.

  • The Bike Hive - Well-established community cycling project based in Alexandra Park, South Manchester offering cycle training and maintenance.

  • Thrive Manchester - Charity based in Wythenshawe with a focus on health and wellbeing with the aim of promoting good physical and mental health for people across GM.

  • We Bike Levenshulme - Bike Fridays is a collective of local volunteers made up of residents and parents working together to encourage families to walk, scoot or cycle to school and beyond.

  • YPAC Manchester - Youth and community project working across four areas of Manchester.

  • Al-Hilal Regeneration Enterprise - A grassroots local community interest company that places emphasis on working with women and young people from a BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) background.

  • Areopagus Community Centre - A community group operating within the hard-to-reach French speaking black African community.

  • Barlow Moor Community Association - BMCA is a community centre in Chorlton Park.

  • Patricroft / Factory International - Providing support via a range of activities for local families, young and vulnerable people.

  • Peel Hall School - Primary School in Sharston, Wythenshawe.

  • Southway Housing - Housing association in Greater Manchester.

  • The Proud Trust - An LGBT+ Charity that supports young people.

  • Walking Mum's Club - Walking group who support the mental and physical health of parents from all backgrounds.


  • Ghazali Trust - Grassroots community organisation supporting all aspects of health and wellbeing.

  • Possabilities CIC - Social enterprise supporting over 400 people with learning disabilities by providing day services; supported living; employment support; outreach; short breaks; and shared lives.

  • Yuvanis Foundation - A grassroots organisation that helps develop people to become resourceful, resilient, and responsible within their communities.


  • Become United - The aim of Become United is to create harmonious, integrated, diverse and healthy communities across Greater Manchester, challenging the barriers and obstacles faced by BAMER individuals (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee).

  • Breeze – Rochdale - Breeze women-only cycling networks offering fun, social, local bike rides organised by women for women.

  • Your Trust - Charity which aims to get more adults active through walking and cycling.


  • Salford All Saints Team Ministry - Supports large asylum and refugee communities.

  • The Centre for Specialist Educational Assistance (known as Binoh) - Binoh supports the Greater Manchester Orthodox Jewish Community through innovative education, health, economic and citizenship projects.


  • Cera Cycloan - A specialist bike focused organisation which operates alongside Stockport Community Cycling Club.

  • Our Happiness Factor - Transformational community building which taps into the potential, resources and connections of neighbourhoods and places.

  • Seashell Trust - National charity supporting children and young people with complex learning difficulties, disabilities and additional needs.

  • Third Wave - Runs projects in different localities in Greater Manchester including The Community Bike Loan Project.

  • Tree Life Club - Engaging outdoor activities for pupils and students, exploring and observing in a hands on way focusing on the natural world.


  • Diversity Matters North West - A charity committed to the promotion of community health and wellbeing. Focusing primarily, although not exclusively on the needs of women from South Asian communities and other minority groups.

  • Fit For Life - Delivers specialist physical and mental wellbeing activity that supports and encourages a healthier and more active lifestyle.

  • Khush Amdid - A user-led registered charity supporting mainly Tameside’s Pakistani community including other diverse groups of women, particularly older women.

  • Tameside Women’s Community Cycling Group - The group aims to promote women’s cycling in Tameside, Greater Manchester and throughout the North West with learn-to-ride, cycling confidence and bike maintenance sessions as well as group social rides.


  • Stayfit Stay Focused Bike Fit - Community bike ride initiative for men, women and young people.

  • The Urban Fitness Collective - Young people-led community, sport and leisure organisation. Explicitly targets and works with hard-to-reach and marginalised young people to give them different choices through positive engagement and messages via sport.


  • Idaraya Life - Helping anyone who thinks that their physical and mental wellness is a far away ambition.

  • Moonraker Foundation - Promotes social inclusion for public benefit, and particularly, but not exclusively, among people of African descent.

Supported by London Marathon Foundation

London Marathon Foundation

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