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WHAT DO YOU THINK? How’s the plan going to transform walking and cycling in Greater Manchester?

WHAT DO YOU THINK? How’s the plan going to transform walking and cycling in Greater Manchester?

It’s been three years since walking and cycling Commissioner Chris Boardman’s vision and plan to transform walking & cycling in Greater Manchester was agreed by the GM Combined Authority* – so we thought it would be a good time to take a temperature check via 

BEE NETWORK’S THREE-YEAR PROGRESS REPORT: THE WALKRIDE GM VIEW 

BEE NETWORK’S THREE-YEAR PROGRESS REPORT: THE WALKRIDE GM VIEW 

The recent news that the Bee Network is upping the pace shows, we hope, that we are entering a new phase of delivery of walking and cycling in Greater Manchester. While announcements included no new schemes, no new money – and were essentially a recap of 26 previously 

Design brief: Opportunity to create project identity with the Chorlton Climate Action Partnership

Design brief: Opportunity to create project identity with the Chorlton Climate Action Partnership

WE ARE LOOKING TO WORK WITH A DESIGNER OR DESIGN TEAM ON AN EXCITING PROJECT IN SOUTH MANCHESTER…

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Community Projects Co-ordinators (Active Travel)

Community Projects Co-ordinators (Active Travel)

THE POSTS BELOW ARE NOW CLOSED. The Partnership will be recruiting two new posts, one with Groundwork and one with WalkRide, to form the project team and: Develop and deliver high quality community led projects within the Chorlton Climate Action Partnership work programme, ensuring impact 

“We Just Held Our First Play Street – Here’s What Made It a Success”

“We Just Held Our First Play Street – Here’s What Made It a Success”

Words by Jack Hunter (Walk Ride Whalley Range) Last Sunday, residents of York Avenue, in Whalley Range, held our first play street. With permission from the council, and help from Walk Ride Whalley Range, we closed our road to through traffic for an afternoon. Residents’ 

Walk Ride GM in new community partnership for low-traffic community project in South Manchester

Walk Ride GM in new community partnership for low-traffic community project in South Manchester

Chorlton community group wins £200,000 from National Lottery Climate Fund to help it kickstart a clean, green future

 

A group of Chorlton residents have teamed up to win just over £200,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund’s brand-new Climate Action Fund to get their local area ‘back on its feet’ after COVID-19 through people-powered transport.

 

The Chorlton Climate Action Partnership, led by WalkRideGM in partnership with local charity Groundwork Greater Manchester, wants to help create a healthier, cleaner and greener Chorlton by enabling more people to get around enjoyably, and safely, on foot, wheelchair and bike.

 

With the support of local community groups, the city’s data community Open Data Manchester and active travel advocates Sustrans, the partnership will gather data and people’s views on local travel and pollution, then pilot three projects designed to get people moving.

 

One project will aim to bring more shoppers to a local high street, one will work with families to debut a safer, greener school run and one will be designed for environmental improvements to a residential street

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Manchester Residents Encouraged to Apply for ‘Play Streets’ to Create Safer Neighbourhoods

Manchester Residents Encouraged to Apply for ‘Play Streets’ to Create Safer Neighbourhoods

Manchester City Council this week announced that it is removing the application fee for Play Streets, which provide the opportunity to open up residential streets for use by people living in those communities. The council’s website states that, “A group of residents can apply to 

Consultation Maps Launched for Monton Neighbourhood Area and Fallowfield Loop Route

Consultation Maps Launched for Monton Neighbourhood Area and Fallowfield Loop Route

Two public consultations were launched this week for schemes that have the potential to improve the active travel network in Greater Manchester. Monton Village Filtered Neighbourhood and the Fallowfield Loop are the latest locations in the region to be opened for comments from the community. 

TfGM Confirms £3.1m Emergency Active Travel Fund Allocations for Greater Manchester

TfGM Confirms £3.1m Emergency Active Travel Fund Allocations for Greater Manchester

TfGM has officially announced the road safety measures that will be built across Greater Manchester as part of Tranche 1 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF).

Many of the schemes, which will be funded by the £3.1m Tranche 1 budget, have previously been announced and are already in place to address the movement and access issues presented by physical distancing in the time of COVID-19.

Eight of the ten boroughs decided to participate, and each has differed in their approach. Salford and Trafford have been busy marking out temporary safe travel lanes, and others such as Bury are proposing similar routes, whereas Manchester has favoured city centre pedestrian-focused interventions to improve movements around the city centre, seemingly without consideration for people who live within cycling (but not walking) distance of the city centre.

The EATF has been created to help councils to make meaningful changes to our streets in favour of people’s safe movement, health and wellbeing, and the government is encouraging ambitious, quick action.

The full list of EATF Tranche 1 schemes is described by TfGM as follows:

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Why Prioritise Active Travel? The Social Justice Reasons

Why Prioritise Active Travel? The Social Justice Reasons

Social justice issues lie at the heart of our campaigns to create healthy streets, and this is even more stark during the COVID-19. Chris Boardman, the Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, reiterated this during his interview with Radio 4’s World at One on