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Money raised at RideLondon and London Marathon to help get Manchester active

Joseph Delves
12 Aug 2020

London Marathon Trust awards £1 million to community schemes aiming to get 10,000 more residents walking or cycling

Despite having to cancel its premier races, the London Marathon Trust has awarded £1 million to Transport for Greater Manchester to help get its residents moving. The organisation, which also incorporates RideLondon, distributes surplus money generated by the two events.

The sizable grant will go towards getting more people in the UK's second-most populous urban area active through walking and cycling – with particular focus on currently under-represented groups.

‘The grant will be used by TfGM to support 10,000 people in up to 60 communities across Greater Manchester get active and travel sustainably, with emphasis on women, children, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups,’ explained the organisation.

Currently, around 27% of the adult population of Manchester get less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week.

A recent report from active transport charity Sustrans also found that 74% of people from ethnic minority groups living in major cities and towns across the UK don't currently cycle. However, 55% of people from this group said they would like to start.

Encouraging everyone to get active, the Manchester scheme will train up to 60 Community Travel Champions to provide expertise and promote the cause in their communities.

The groups forming around each will then be given powers to address the issues their communities face, both in terms of infrastructure and training.

The moves aim to build upon the city’s Bee Network, a scheme to create the UK’s largest cycling and walking network including 1,800 miles of routes linking every area of Greater Manchester.

‘This money will enable us to reach thousands more people across Greater Manchester, enabling them to fit walking and cycling into their daily lives and to enjoy the many benefits that go alongside it,’ said Greater Manchester’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Chris Boardman.

Agreed before coronavirus forced the cancellation of the trust’s two largest events, the project will run for three years from September 2020 through to September 2023.

Ride together but separately

Over the past seven years, RideLondon has raised £77 million for thousands of different charities.

With this year’s edition previously scheduled to take place this weekend, a virtual event has been created allowing participants who still want to ride an opportunity to raise money for their chosen cause.

My Prudential RideLondon is free to enter and offers people the chance to log their ride of either 100, 46 or 19 miles.

Alternatively, cyclists can create their own distance as part of the My Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle option. If you want to participate, more information can be found here.

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