New survey suggests cycling and walking levels will remain high after lockdown

29 March 2021

A survey has revealed that almost half of respondents plan to carry on walking and cycling more often in Greater Manchester once the pandemic is over. The COVID-19 recovery survey, conducted by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), found that 47% want to maintain their new travel habits after positive experiences on bike and foot during lockdown.

TfGM’s network intelligence data also shows that cycle trips are up 25% compared with the same period last year (March 2020). Meanwhile, the number of walking trips has fallen slightly (down 10%). “However, considering lockdown restrictions and local high streets are largely closed, this data shows confidence in making journeys on foot and by bike across the city-region,” says TfGM.

The online survey, aimed at people who travel within or into Greater Manchester, was live between 20 May and 1 June 2020. TfGM received 14,701 responses, including 635 from those living outside the city-region.

Data taken from TfGM’s on-street sensor technology, also released today, shows 10 locations where cycling levels have significantly increased since March 2020. 

  • Mill Lane, Marple, Stockport – 262% increase
  • Port Salford Greenway, Winton, Salford – 244% increase
  • Fallowfield Loop, Fallowfield, Manchester – 230% increase
  • Chorley New Rd (A673), Bolton – 167% increase
  • Scot Lane Canal, Standish, Wigan – 156% increase
  • Middlewood Way, Marple, Stockport – 152% increase
  • Ashton Canal, Audenshaw, Tameside – 146% increase
  • Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Trafford – 139% increase
  • Weir Path, Woolford, Bury – 128% increase
  • Heaton Park Entrance, Prestwich, Bury – 110% increase

(Figures based on the 28 days to 21 March 2021 compared with 28 days to 21 March 2020).