Bruntwood wins support for active travel programme
The property company has secured the backing of Transport for Greater Manchester in a city-wide initiative aimed at supporting safe returns to the workplace.
Pop-up active travel hubs have been established to support new and established cycling commuters, with guidance, a buddy scheme, and stop-off points with engineers on hand to help with maintenance.
With many still wary of commuting by public transport, maps, routes and advice will also be offered to those considering walking, skating or using scooters to travel to the city.
Bruntwood said that each hub will offer a ‘Bicycle Bezzie’ scheme, which will enable new and less experienced cyclists to team up with keen bikers for guidance and support. Discounts and giveaways will also be available on cycle hire and equipment from cycling brand Rapha while other partners include Bike Right, Manchester Bike Hire on Salford’s Chapel Street and See.Sense.
TfGM has worked with Bruntwood to pull the partnership together and provide support with the maps and materials.
The hubs will be set up in Bruntwood holdings across the city centre and Trafford, including at the Bright Building at Manchester Science Park, Manchester Technology Centre on Oxford Road, Centurion House, Riverside, Manchester One, Trafford House and Lancastrian Office Centre.
Jessica Bowles, director of strategy at Bruntwood, said: “Manchester 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.”
Richard Nickson, Transport for Greater Manchester’s active travel director, added: “This is a once in a generation opportunity to enable hundreds of thousands of people across Greater Manchester to get about by bike or other types of active travel, especially for everyday journeys. Having a hub to visit to get support and buddy up is a great asset.”