PART of Trafford is included on a new map of the upcoming cycle hire scheme across Greater Manchester.

The scheme, which is part of the planned 'Bee Network' public transport system, is starting a phased rollout of 1,500 pedal and e-bikes in autumn.

And phase one will see these bikes – identifiable thanks to their yellow colour and the signature bee – appear in Manchester, Salford and Trafford.

Messenger Newspapers: A map of phase one of the scheme (Image: Transport for Greater Manchester).A map of phase one of the scheme (Image: Transport for Greater Manchester).

First, 30 bikes will be docked near the University of Salford towards the start of November, before another 250 bikes are added later in the month.

By June 2022, all 1,500 bikes will be docked at more than 200 stations across the zone shown on the map.

The exact location of the stations is still to be confirmed, but the idea is to make sure residents are never more than a five-minute walk from a bike.

Chris Boardman, Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, said: "Our ambitious cycle hire scheme is vital to the success of our network as it provides tens of thousands of people in Greater Manchester with an affordable, convenient, non-polluting transport option.

"Figures show up to 75 per cent of households in Greater Manchester don't have access to a bike, and this scheme brings us a step closer to changing it.

"We're determined to build a world-leading, sustainable transport system in Greater Manchester, and I’m pleased that the zone in our first phase will reach so many neighbourhoods in the city region."

To use a bike, residents need to find it at a docking station and unlock it on a mobile app.

They can ride it anytime and anywhere, as long as it is then returned to a docking station.

The pedal bikes cost 50p to unlock and 5p per minute to use, while the e-bikes cost £1 to unlock and 10p per minute to use. For example, this means a 20-minute journey on a pedal bike costs £1.50.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: "We've worked hard with our supplier to ensure the cycle hire scheme is affordable and accessible for residents to use.

"In fact, we've reduced the tariffs, making our pedal bikes brilliant value when compared to similar schemes in the country.

“The first Bee Network bikes, with our signature bee emblazoned on the side, are going on the ground later this year and we're excited about our residents giving them a try."