Cycling is a healthy and sustainable means of travel, which does not damage the environment and is great for short journeys.
We are making improvements so that cycling is safer, more secure and more enjoyable in town centres and along routes linked to residential areas. There are also ambitious plans to link the borough's own network of cycle, foot and bridle paths into various national and regional networks.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen walking and cycling playing an increasingly important role for essential journeys and exercise. However, some of Greater Manchester streets make this challenging within social distancing guidelines.
To tackle this we are supporting the regional #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign and are implementing measures to give pedestrians and cyclists more space to make them safer when travelling. These measures include:
- Temporarily extend the pedestrian zone times in Wigan and Leigh town centres from 10:30am - 4pm to 9am - 5pm to help walking and cycling movements
- Introducing 20mph speed limits on some Wigan town centre roads including Standishgate, Market Street, Millgate, Crompton Street and Mesnes Street. Permanent signage will be in place. It is hoped that this particular measure will become permanent following a six month trial period
- Extending the operating times of the bus lane on Leigh Road from peak hour to 24/7.
The #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign brings together districts across the city-region to create a safe environment, which allows people to make active journeys in busy locations while keeping a safe distance from others, so we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the NHS.
Cycle improvements coming to Wigan
Wigan Council has been awarded extra funds to make cycling more attractive in Wigan borough.
Plans include dedicated cycle and pedestrian facilities, cycle crossings on Robin Park Road, Warrington Road, Wallgate, Saddle Junction and around the Pemberton area.
Health on Wheels
The 'Health on Wheels’ programme helps adults get back into cycling in a safe, fun and healthy way. Regular guided cycle rides are organised and in particular encourage people to take part who may not have been active for some time - even providing bikes and safety equipment (where possible) on the rides.
For information on cycling sessions and more visit:
Standish Mineral Line
The Line in Standish is getting an upgrade. You can find out about the project and view the plans on the Standish Cycling web page.