News Digest: Magnificent Seven on 21st May

News Digest: Magnificent Seven on 21st May

Words by Claire Stocks.

A lot of good things that happened in Greater Manchester today. Here’s my β€˜Magnificent Seven’ walking and cycling leaderboard…

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1. Levenshulme Active Neighbourhood

Levenshulme in Manchester has revealed plans for massive traffic-calmed neighbourhood with 27 filters for those on foot and bike / no cars and three bus gates – all fast forwarded due to COVID-19.

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Levy Bee Network filtered neighbourhoods

2. A56 pop-up bike lane

Trafford announced the first major pop-up bike lane in Greater Manchester – a seven-mile lane taken from cars for bikes and pedestrians on the A56 – plus public engagement on further measures!

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10 bonus points for Trafford: People in the borough are asked to make more suggestions here.

3. Cycle Hire Scheme

GMCA announced a new β€˜docked’ bike hire scheme for GM next year – including some electric bikes!

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4. TfGM Active Travel Survey

TfGM put out a survey to ask what people need to be able to carry on walking and cycling more (and what we would oppose!)

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5. Chorlton #SafeStreetsSaveLives

Chorlton launched #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to push for more (or any!) temporary measures in the cycling capital of Manchester – and more than 100 people add their name in first few hours.

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Chorlton engagement statement

6. #SafeStreetsSaveLives Maps

Another council in Greater Manchester asked for help from WalkRide Greater Manchester in engaging with public on where to put temporary measures for walking and cycling.

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Meanwhile, maps are now live in the following boroughs:

Bury: https://safestreetsbury.commonplace.is

Bolton: https://safestreetsbolton.commonplace.is

Stockport: https://safestreetsstockport.commonplace.is

Salford: https://salfordliveablestreets.commonplace.is

Trafford: https://safestreetstrafford.commonplace.is/

7. Quick win in Salford!

Salford City Council’s Highways team took less than 24 hours to move concrete blocks laid in error on wrong side of a bike lane

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Teamwork, community engagement and behind-the-scenes graft were at the heart of every one of these.

More to come, we hope! But will there ever be a day like it?



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