Get accessto a bike
Cycle hire has launched in Greater Manchester
Bikes are now available to hire
Transport for Greater Manchester, working in partnership with Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Trafford Council, has launch Greater Manchester's first publicly operated, self-service, 24/7 cycle hire scheme.
The scheme, which will roll out in stages, will see 1,500 bikes - including e-bikes, available to the public in 2022.
Bike libraries are local hubs that will allow people to borrow a bicycle, like a book, to try out.
They aim to boost access to cycling and take advantage of developing infrastructure, offering communities the chance to kick-start their own sustainable ‘bike library’.
Rent a bike
Renting a bike can be a great way to try cycling or specific bikes before you decide to buy one. It's also a great way to get into cycling by yourself or with friends, without the commitment of buying a bike.
Take a look at our list of bike hire providers in Greater Manchester.
For many disabled people, discovering the joy of cycling can be life changing. From improving a person’s physical and mental health, to helping them gain independence and the freedom to explore their local area.
If you’re disabled and would like to find out more about inclusive cycling, Wheels for Wellbeing, Wheels for All and Sustrans can offer advice and guidance – including helping search for the right equipment. Supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities, these charities have worked with thousands of adults and children to make it easier to start cycling.
Give cargo bikes a try and you won't look back
Cargo bikes are growing in popularity across the UK as a way to transport food shopping, take the kids out and about, transporting pets to the vets and even replacing a run in the car to the local tip.
Cargo bikes come in all shapes and sizes and can be as simple as a large basket attached to the front or a Dutch-style bike which has a large cargo area at the front that can hold huge loads.
If you want to use one for a particular purpose or trial one before you buy, Manchester Bikes has a range of options and can advise on the best fit for you.
To support you in accessing either of these schemes we also offer free one-to-one training sessions for those who would like to gain confidence using the Cargo bikes. Register your interest and one of our friendly trainers will get back in touch to arrange your session.
You'll be ditching the car for the weekly shop before you know it.