Author: Ian Pennington

Tell Us Where in Greater Manchester You Need Help Walking or Cycling Safely During Lockdown

Tell Us Where in Greater Manchester You Need Help Walking or Cycling Safely During Lockdown

As one of Manchesterโ€™s busiest streets is to be partially closed to traffic from this weekend to help people safely walk and cycle while physically distancing, campaigners are asking Greater Manchester residents which other streets need safety measures during the Coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday a […]

13 Street Changes to Make Walking and Cycling Safer in Greater Manchester

13 Street Changes to Make Walking and Cycling Safer in Greater Manchester

Words by Ian Pennington. Across the UK, councils are beginning to act on the government expectation that we need to prioritise walking and cycling in order to realise a new normal in the COVID-19 era. Consultation maps have been launched with the aim of identifying […]

TfGM and Sustrans Provide Advice for People Cycling to Work During COVID-19

TfGM and Sustrans Provide Advice for People Cycling to Work During COVID-19

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has launched guidance to assist key workers with getting to work by bicycle.

The advice covers:

  • route planning
  • bicycle maintenance
  • road cycling tips
  • recommendations for secure parking
  • other problem-solving advice for while you’re out and about on your bicycle.

Sustrans has also provided advice for those who are new to cycling to work. Their Cycles For Key Workers Map helps to locate your nearest bicycle shop, together with sharing details on offers introduced during the lockdown, including the free use of bicycles.

This follows the government’s announcement on Sunday that those returning to their workplaces this week should commute by walking and cycling where possible, so that distancing measures can be observed on public transport.

Even before the announcement, Greater Manchester was seeing clear increases in the modal share of cycling, by 42%:

TfGM has not been able to conduct cycle training in person due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. If you have any queries about travelling by bicycle, please contact sustainable.journeys@tfgm.com.

Deansgate Among COVID-19 Distancing Measures Announced by Manchester City Council

Deansgate Among COVID-19 Distancing Measures Announced by Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council has announced essential design changes on three key routes in the city centre to provide people with space to meet physical distancing guidance. These include: Changing Deansgate into a ‘share with care’ space for co-use by people on foot, using mobility aids […]

#Safestreets Campaign: Making Space for Distancing

#Safestreets Campaign: Making Space for Distancing

Words by Claire Stocks. (Photo credits below) Weโ€™re urging all Walk Ride supporters to do our bit to help make sure people on foot or bike can physically distance while travelling to work, doing essential shopping or takingย basic daily exercise. Weโ€™re asking all our supporters […]

TfGM Announces Pedestrian Priority Plans as Councils Discuss Emergency Planning Options

TfGM Announces Pedestrian Priority Plans as Councils Discuss Emergency Planning Options

TfGM has responded to the ongoing COVID-19 physical distancing conditions by making improvements to the waiting times at traffic lights.

The changes are to assist with pedestrian priority and overall accessibility in the city region by reducing the chances of groups forming while waiting at lights. This is intended to enable safer movement of people undertaking their daily exercise and essential trips, including for key workers and food shopping.

The news follows encouraging rhetoric coming from the Town Hall, including from Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Angeliki Stogia, who said the following:

With the Greater Manchester councils due to meet imminently to discuss emergency planning options, Walk Ride GM are coordinating a database of the locations that require emergency planning interventions to make our living environments safer and more pleasant in the context of COVID-19 physical distancing rules. This includes compiling photographs and videos of difficult passing points, such as where people are being required to walk in the road where cars are passing, and where this will become more dangerous as more cars begin to return to the roads.

Sustrans has provided a breakdown of the intervention options available to enhance people’s safety on our streets, which could be applicable for your local area (read more here).

If you would like to bring to our attention a location that requires some intervention or would like to get involved in any other way then please contact hello@walkridegm.org.uk.

Streets Brought to Life by Daily Exercise During Lockdown

Streets Brought to Life by Daily Exercise During Lockdown

Our streets are seeing unprecedented life, as the drop in car traffic has led to a greater confidence among people to use active travel modes, including families teaching children to ride on the roads. The current conditions follow legislation issued by the government to curb […]

Researchers Urge Priority for Active Travel for Any Necessary Movement During COVID-19 Pandemic

Researchers Urge Priority for Active Travel for Any Necessary Movement During COVID-19 Pandemic

Words by Harrie Larrington-Spencer. As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly escalates across the UK and beyond, there is increasing necessity for social distancing and limiting access to many places and activities in order to reduce the of transmission of the virus. These restrictions are put in […]

Consultation Opens on North East Gateway Route

Consultation Opens on North East Gateway Route

Consultation has opened on Manchester City Council’s proposed walking and cycling improvement route labelled North East Gateway.

The proposed route seeks to address some existing issues: “Physical barriers to cycling and walking, like the River Irk, Ashton Canal, and railway viaducts Junctions which are not pedestrian/cyclist friendly (Oldham Road, Rochdale Road and Dantzic Street)”…

…and some issues brought about by the council’s car-centric Great Ancoats Street scheme: “The need to use Great Ancoats Street, which is not currently suitable for cycling for people of all ages and abilities”

The consultation is an opportunity for those who live in the area to make their feelings known about a range of implications of the proposal, including the prospect of more green spaces and one-way systems to create safer walking spaces.

The consultation window remains open until 30 April 2020.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the council will not be arranging public consultation events, so you can respond to the online survey by clicking here, or to submit your queries on the proposal send an email to northeastgateway@manchester.gov.uk.

Bolton Future High Streets Consultation

Bolton Future High Streets Consultation

This weekend is the last chance to respond to four consultations that have the potential to positively shape the high streets through Horwich, Little Lever, Westhoughton and Farnworth. The masterplanning consultants appointed by Bolton Council have created a design proposal for each of the four […]