Groundwork Greater Manchester and WalkRide Greater Manchester have been successful in securing National Lottery Climate Action Fund investment together with the Chorlton Climate Action Partnership. The project aims to create a permanent shift in the way people move around the area, increasing walking and cycling and …
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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.
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 …
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 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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Proposals for the latest Bee Network scheme have been published for consultation, with Beswick residents encouraged to get involved with shaping their neighbourhood for people using active travel modes such as walking, cycling or other mobility aids.
Where is it?
The project area, labelled ‘Safer Roads for Beswick‘, covers the streets between the Etihad Stadium and Ashton Old Road, and aims to make roads in the area safer and more pleasant, encouraging more people to walk and cycle for short journeys, while discouraging traffic using this as area a ‘cut through’ in and out of the city centre.
What is it?
The proposed interventions include bollards, new crossings, chicanes, improved junctions and more attractive streets, featuring better signage, tree planting and cycle parking.
The consultation website refers to creating a ‘filtered neighbourhood’. This just means that the movement of people would be prioritised over the movement of cars. The idea is to make walking and cycling easier and safer, so that it becomes the natural choice for people to get around their local area.
Using bollards or planters to ‘filter’ traffic on certain routes is one way to do this – for example, allowing cul-de-sac access to some streets for cars but allowing through traffic for people walking and cycling. The idea of ‘filtering’ is to discourage traffic cutting through the area (rat running), while residents would still have access to all homes by car.
At the moment, the council is only planning to place bollards at the junction of Darley Street and Albert Street, but the consultation is a chance to suggest any other places you think filters are needed, as well as any other measures you think would make walking and cycling safer and more enjoyable in Beswick. We recommend that residents seize this opportunity to request more filters in locations that are susceptible to issues like speeding cars.
Why/How is it happening?
In December 2019, the Beswick neighbourhood area was awarded £1.4m in tranche 6 of the Mayor’s Challenge Fund bidding process as part of the regional Bee Network initiative redesign streets for active travel modes.
How can I get involved?
Have your say via the Manchester City Council website (here) by 20 July 2020.
Residents of Tameside are being encouraged by the council to apply for Quiet Streets in their neighbourhood. Tameside Council recently launched its Quiet Streets initiative to give residents the opportunity to enforce regular, temporary road closures to create more outside space for people living on …