Author: Ian Pennington

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 

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 

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.

January Offer: 15% off In Tandem’s Ethical Active Travel Merch for Walk Ride Readers

January Offer: 15% off In Tandem’s Ethical Active Travel Merch for Walk Ride Readers

Just before Christmas, Walk Ride GM member Cat Swanson launched In Tandem, an active travel themed brand for clothing and other merch with an ethical business model. Selling t-shirts, posters and more, In Tandem is a brand for people who are passionate about creating safe and 

Review: Walk Ride GM December General Meeting

Review: Walk Ride GM December General Meeting

To round off 2020, we hosted our second webinar-style General Meeting to provide everyone with a summary of progress with all things Walk Ride and invite guests from the active travel world whose campaigning and shared pursuit of healthier places has caught our eye. Mary 

Interview: Morag Rose (The Loiterers Resistance Movement)

Interview: Morag Rose (The Loiterers Resistance Movement)

For our October General Meeting, we were joined by Morag Rose, a Manchester based walking artist-activist-academic, who in 2006 founded psychogeographical collective The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement). Her research, writing and campaigning focuses on public space, access, equality and walking as a creative, political and community building act.

You can view the full presentation with Q&A via our YouTube channel, here:

The LRM’s ‘communal wanders’ are on the first Sunday of every month. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details and themes in advance.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, they haven’t been able to meet in person, so have been experimenting with ways to walk together online using technology. You can join in wherever you are, inside and out.

You can read more about The LRM here: thelrm.org

“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’ 

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.

Fallowfield Loop

The 14km Fallowfield Loop route was awarded £4.9m funding in Tranche 6 of the Mayor’s Challenge Fund.

Manchester City Council has stated its intention “to enhance the route, creating a safer, more convenient and accessible cycling and walking network and encourage more people to use this much-loved route.”

Its aims are to:

  • Make the route safer and reduce anti-social behaviour
  • Reduce/clear overgrown vegetation
  • Having a route that is more open and better connected to surrounding neighbourhoods
  • Strengthen the habitat and landscape to create a more open and less intimidating environment for users
  • Upgrading access points to make entry and exit points clearer
  • Transforming and enhancing open areas to provide more inviting places for people to relax, play, and include seating areas along the route
  • Street lighting to allow users to travel throughout the year, particularly in the winter months.
  • To help us ensure that we design improvements are suitable for everyone, we need your ideas and feedback.

Monton Village Filtered Neighbourhood

Salford City Council is encouraging residents to engage with the Commonplace map to gather views to feed into the Monton Village Filtered Neighbourhood (also known as a ‘low-traffic neighbourhood’ or ‘active neighbourhood’ – explained further here).

The project received £1.5m from Tranche 2 of the Mayor’s Challenge Fund, and Salford City Council said the aim is “to make Monton easier, safer and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport. We also want to make sure that it is connected to the wider Bee Network to facilitate better movement between areas.”

The Commonplace maps allow people to comment on where there are issues that require attention as part of the schemes. You can make your own comments and show agreement with others’ comments via the following links for Monton Village and the Fallowfield Loop.

Photo via Sustrans.

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