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Review: Healthy, Happy, Hazard-Free School Streets in Whalley Range

Review: Healthy, Happy, Hazard-Free School Streets in Whalley Range

Words by Jack Hunter (Walk Ride Whalley Range) Last week, Walk Ride Whalley Range supported two local primary schools to organise a school street for Clean Air Day. With permission from Manchester City Council (MCC), streets around each school were closed to traffic for drop-off 

Chris Boardman outlines his vision as new GM transport commissioner: ‘a network that enables me to choose it over driving’ and signals a change in pace and structure to deliver it

Chris Boardman outlines his vision as new GM transport commissioner: ‘a network that enables me to choose it over driving’ and signals a change in pace and structure to deliver it

Chris Boardman has been appointed to an expanded role as Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester. In his first detailed interview since taking on the role he answers eight key questions from Walk Ride supporters and shows he means business: His vision is for ‘a network 

Your questions answered: Mayoral candidates on how they would make region cleaner, greener, safer

Your questions answered: Mayoral candidates on how they would make region cleaner, greener, safer

MAYORAL HUSTINGS ON SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT, 22 APRIL 2021.

Candidates from the four main parties were invited; Andy Burnham (Labour), Melanie Horrocks (Green) and Simon Lepori (Lib Dem) attended. (Laura Evans (Conservative) did not respond to invitations).

We asked the three candidates 11 questions on behalf of people in Great Manchester ahead of elections on Thurs 6 May.

👉 You can watch a recording of the event here

(see questions and timecodes in the video description if you click the link)

 

👇And read back our live Twitter thread below.

The event was chaired by Sunday Times reporter Hannah Al Othman and introduced by Claire Stocks, co-founder of Walk Ride GM and organised by a coalition of groups (including Walk Ride GM, Cycling UK, Living Streets, Friends of the Earth, Action Vision Zero and Action Vision Zero Youth Council, and the Ramblers)

 

SHORT-FORM FILM / VIDEOGRAPHERS WANTED FOR COMMUNITY COMMISSION

SHORT-FORM FILM / VIDEOGRAPHERS WANTED FOR COMMUNITY COMMISSION

OUR STREETS CHORLTON SHORT-FORM FILM BRIEF Our Streets Chorlton is a 12-month community-led project in south Manchester to understand how to help decrease carbon emissions by enabling Chorlton people to reduce local and short car journeys.   Opportunity We are seeking a filmmaker / small 

Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Fairer: 10 ways for Greater Manchester’s new mayor to transform travel

Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Fairer: 10 ways for Greater Manchester’s new mayor to transform travel

We believe that walking, cycling and public transport have a key role to play in tackling the challenges of post-pandemic recovery and our environmental crisis, and that this is a top priority in Greater Manchester’s May elections. We’ve teamed up with a range of other 

Review: Walk Ride GM March General Meeting

Review: Walk Ride GM March General Meeting

For March’s General Meeting, we invited more special guest speakers to provide updates on local campaigns, as well as tips and strategies from further afield.

Opening up was Hannah Kettle, Zooming in from Leeds, where she is working for the charity Possible on the Car Free Leeds campaign. Initiatives as part this include parklets and traffic monitoring, together with consideration of how petrol filling stations could be repurposed as community hubs when they are made redundant in future due to the phasing in of electric vehicles.

Next was Brian Deegan, who is the technical advisor to the Bee Network team. He delivered his presentation on ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ about walking and cycling schemes in 2021, covering Cyclops junctions, Sparrow crossings, side road zebras and plenty more besides animals and mythical creatures.

2 Muslim Night Riders – aka Sham and Nooralom – soon followed to tell us about how sharing their experiences of taking up cycling during lockdown is helping to encourage others to do the same, by putting down their mobile phones and other gadgets in favour of exploring the neighbourhood around them. It’s a story that charmed and inspired our audience and even led to some networking with our next speaker…

Finally, we welcomed back the Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman, whose presentation provided an update on Bee Network schemes brewing across the region – from LTNs to cycleways, including news on progress with GM Bike Hire, an interim Active Travel Design Guide, and a brand new Bee Network website, which will help to communicate updates in future.

Overall, the webinar provided us with a really positive outlook for active travel in 2021, and it was great to welcome over 100 people to listen to the speakers and provide lively discussion in the text chat box. Our next General Meeting will be in the summer, so keep your eyes peeled for details…

Word Games: The Language of Active Travel Campaigning

Word Games: The Language of Active Travel Campaigning

Words are important – particularly when trying to win hearts and minds. Many people regularly tell surveys they want healthier, safer movement through our streets, but sometimes encouraging those steps in reality requires the right choice of words that both demonstrate the universal benefits that 

Walking & Cycling in GM State of Play survey: THE RESULTS

Walking & Cycling in GM State of Play survey: THE RESULTS

At the end of 2020 we published a survey asking people to tell us how they felt the plan was going to transform walking and cycling in our Greater Manchester region. More than 150 people replied. We’ve set out the headlines below (for the full 

2021: The Year of the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

2021: The Year of the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

At our last General Meeting of 2020, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman said that more than 30 Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs – also known as Active Neighbourhoods or Filtered Neighbourhoods) would be implemented across Greater Manchester during 2021. Here we have a look at the progress with some of those that are moving forward into trial or pre-trial consultation periods.

Levenshulme (Manchester)

Launched on 4 January, this Active Neighbourhood has been in the headlines lately, with the Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport Cllr Angeliki Stogia clearly stating MCC’s commitment to the trial.

The social media responses have shown residents are already experiencing benefits and there are examples of the community coming together to reinstate the modal filters where they have been vandalised.

Importantly, there is also evidence of benefits for people who were disabled by the previous environment, as has been highlighted by friends of Walk Ride, Streets for People:

This ride-through video by @JenontheMove shows the locations of filters:

Longford Park (Trafford)

Trafford Council used money from their Active Travel Fund coffers to deal with rat runners through the Longford Park estate, and residents have embraced the opportunity to improve their living environment by mapping the positive effects that the filters are having on the neighbourhood.

The North West Ambulance Service has confirmed that their “crews have not reported any issues with the traffic calming measures in the vicinity of Cromwell Road.” The Council has also identified a potential improvement to the placement of filters, which has been put to the residents as part of further consultation.

We understand a decision is due imminently…

Sam Cycles has described the scheme in further detail.

Salford Central

Salford Central already benefits from several historic modal filters, including bollards located to prevent rat running through residential areas, and the recent planters installed with Active Travel Fund money have only served to enhance the area.

Locals have even added a creative touch to the land made safer near the planters by painting hopscotch and other games on the streets.

Heaton Park (Bury) and Astley Bridge (Bolton)

Each of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester will be allocated a LTN as part of the Bee Network plans. This week, two more were announced – Bolton’s and Bury’s.

Bury’s is proposed to be implemented on the estate due west of Heaton Park. Initial consultation is now ongoing and a first ‘online workshop’ event is due to take place on 21 January, open for all the attend and have your say – sign up here.

Bolton’s will be on the Oldhams estate in Astley Bridge and more details are available on the project’s Commonplace website.

The Heatons and Romiley (Stockport)

Initial consultations for these two community-led projects took place in the second half of 2020, and responses are viewable here and here. Cheadle will benefit from another LTN, with details to be confirmed.

Other Schemes

There are a number of other LTNs under preparation, whether they’re to be announced or in consultation, so watch this space and sign up to our newsletter here for more updates.

Website brief: opportunity to create new website for climate action community project

Website brief: opportunity to create new website for climate action community project

About ‘Our Streets Chorlton’ We are entering the delivery phase of a one-year community-led, National Lottery funded scheme set up by the Chorlton Climate Action Partnership (CCAP) to help create positive change to help reduce the need and desire to use a car, making the neighbourhood