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Making Movement Easier with Chris Boardman

by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee   /  January 23, 2019

In Greater Manchester alone, inactivity-related illness is costing the NHS £500,000 a week. In fact, there are 250 million car journeys every year in Manchester that are less than one kilometre. And it’s not just Greater Manchester, the situation is the same across the UK.  I delve into the reasons behind this with former Olympic gold medallist, Chris Boardman in this week’s episode.

Chris, who is now cycling and walking commissioner for Greater Manchester, has a refreshing approach to empowering people to be the architects of their own health. He believes enabling people is key and explains how he is using this approach to build a high-quality, safe, dedicated cycling network across Greater Manchester. We also discuss how we can all build movement into our everyday lives and where to get started. Chris’s mission is really inspiring, I hope you enjoy hearing about it!

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Episode Highlights:

  • Why does Chris think that we should move more?
  • What tips does Chris offer to help us include more movement in our daily lives?
  • How did Chris become an Olympic gold medallist?
  • What is Chris’s role now at Transport for Greater Manchester?
  • What research has Chris and his team performed around Manchester to look to improve the walk and cycleways?
  • How has Chris taking inspiration from other countries with successful cycle networks?
  • What are the important factors in creating a cycle network?
  • Hear how Chris thinks that making walking or cycling the easiest option for everyone is the best way to change habits.
  • What initiatives has Chris seen are a great way to change habits?
  • How can involving your local residential or work community make a difference?
  • What are Chris’s views on cycle helmets and clothes while cycling?
  • What are Chris’s hopes for Greater Manchester’s transport system in the future?
  • Hear how the success of British competitive cycling has had an impact on organised cycling events across the country but not on everyday commuter cycling.
  • What are the cost and health benefits of improving walking and cycle networks?
  • What are Chris’s top tips?
'It’s not just about encouraging people to change, we have to enable them to.' Share on X

Find out more about Chris:

Twitter      Website

Transport for Greater Manchester – Made to Move plan

The Bee Network

Boardman bikes

Further learning:

Dr Chatterjee’s resources:


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Dr. Rangan Chatterjee MbChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, MRCGP