Author: Claire Stocks

Want to help make make change? Join our steering group!

Want to help make make change? Join our steering group!

  Do you want to see a greater shift to walking or cycling across Greater Manchester? Do you wish to get more involved in actively making change? Do you want to be part of a group of like minds? Do you have connections and skills 

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 




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.



We are seeking a filmmaker / small production company to work with our project and community representatives on a series of short, shareable films designed to tell stories of change / inspire action.

Please submit responses by end of Thursday 29th April.

This piece of work would suit a self-shooting editor / videographer or small independent based in the Manchester area. We have a ‘local-first’ policy.



We’d like to create a series of films designed to be shared on digital media, that do a number /variety of things;-

  • Inspire action
  • Feature local people in local and community settings
  • Help people see things differently 
  • Tell the story of the project as it develops

We’re looking for up to 10 films, of the 1-3 mins max duration.

Films would be shot in Chorlton featuring local people and in local settings.


Types of films

The project is focused on understanding the challenges and opportunities for reducing driving and we want films which provoke thought and emotion in relation to this topic. Types of films might include

  • Case studies – local people sharing alternatives ways to do everyday tasks without a car eg shopping by bike, walking to school, using a car or lift share
  • Project themes – we have three mini projects focused on a school, a high street and a residential street so films focused on these mini-projects or their broad themes of ‘shopping’, ‘school’, ‘home’ 
  • Creative ideas – pieces that show things in a different light eg a relay challenge where a car a bike and a pedestrian get across Chorlton, showing differences in time, Co2, heart rate, mood etc
  • ‘Project story’ film – using the footage shot along the way and some bespoke interviews with partners and local people, tell the story of the project in 3 minutes designed to be used near the tail end of the project when we have plenty of great stuff to say.


Creative process

The exact brief for the films would be finalised with the filmmaker following a couple of creative/practical meetings that would allow you to understand more the  overarching themes we are working on and the people we are working with, and hear your ideas in response to the project goals.

We would envisage the need for a couple of meetings – with the project and some community representatives – to allow that to happen, and for you to be able to work over a period of time with the project team to secure footage at appropriate opportunities and fully develop the creative ideas for each piece.

There may also be elements that can be worked on together with the project team eg extra mobile footage, and the project team can also assist with casting, scheduling filming opportunities as part of project activities & give location guidance.

To that end we feel this would suit someone who is local to Manchester and can spend short amounts of time with the project over a period, albeit to a fixed and realistic timescale to reflect the budget. But we are open to your suggestions on approach.



We want local people to be the lead characters in these stories, and their community spaces and places to be the backdrop.

We want to feature a diverse range of people and thought should also be given to working with children – to give voice to a group who are impacted a lot from the problem but are rarely given a vote in the solution. 



£3k (final figure & deliverables subject to your response and our creative discussion).



Up to 10 short films, to include one ‘project story’ film.

Exact number and nature of films to be determined in creative discussion  with filmmaker.

Permission notices for promotional use to be collected by filmmaker from subjects.

All raw assets to be delivered to the project.



Films to be delivered between June and Oct inclusive, subject to creative discussion, with project story film to be delivered by 31 Oct  2021. 

DBS checked and policies for working with children. Sustainable practices policy including travel to locations.


Your response:

Please tell us in no more than two A4 sides how you would respond to this brief

Within that please give us one short treatment for one film. 

Your thoughts on how we can work across the project to maximise the budget available and your time and help make the most of footage and filming opportunities would be welcome.


Please also include at least two examples of your work (filming and editing, separate pieces for each if needs be).


Brief published: by Fri 16th April.

Deadline for your response: midnight Thurs 29th April.

Commission informed: Tuesday 4 May 


Send response via email to our team at and feel free to email in advance in the event of any queries.


For more about the project find us at

You can read a more detailed background briefing on our project here


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 

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 

Pavement Parking: our big chance to get this scourge stopped!

Pavement Parking: our big chance to get this scourge stopped!

The deadline for responses to the consultation on pavement parking in England is fast approaching. (11.59pm, Sunday 22 November 2020).


Please do send in your comments to support for a ban on vehicles parking on footways, as we won’t get anther chance any time soon.

Scotland has a ban. London has a ban – why not the rest of England?

Walk Ride GM supports a full London-style default ban* (with exceptions made where unavoidable), as do all the walking and cycling groups such as Living Streets, and groups which represent disabled people such as Guide Dogs UK and Disabled Motoring UK.

(*in the consultation this is called ‘Option 3’).

Living Streets are running a petition you can also sign to add further weight, (or if you are too pushed for time to complete the survey (although it genuinely only takes a few minutes and is one of the better ones).)

Tips for completing the survey, based on Living Streets guide, are below:


Question 3-5

This is your chance to describe the difficulties pavement parking presents to you personally or those around you.


Question 6

There are three options.

If you would like a true ban, select Option 3 (Option 3 = “England-wide pavement parking prohibition”).


Questions 7-9 – these ask for your thoughts on Option 2

(Option 2 = “allow authorities to enforce against ‘unnecessary obstructions'”)​

It is important to highlight how this option simply means new rules will remain as confusing as they already are. ie How do we know what is and isn’t “unnecessary”?

And it also puts the onus on cash-strapped local authorities to police it on a case-by-case basis – which means things are very unlikely to change.

(Note: option 3 still includes provision for exceptions in streets where a ban would be unworkable, & short stays for commercial deliveries if unavoidable).

Questions 10-13 – ask for your thoughts on Option 3 (“England-wide pavement parking prohibition”)

Stress the need for this to apply on all roads and in all areas where it might impede on pedestrian space.

This is a matter of safety, of making streets accessible for all, and helping more people be more active more easily.

A default ban sends a clearer message, and exemptions should only be made where absolutely necessary.


Meanwhile we continue to see daily, hourly, examples across Greater Manchester of inconsiderate parking or even driving on pavements (see below); ruining streets for people on foot, buggy, wheelchair and bike – and without a ban, councils have to resort to measures which often make the pavements even more unusable, such as here in Levenshulme.

Manchester City Centre Transport consultation response: Walk Ride urges bolder, faster changes with clear rollout plan

Manchester City Centre Transport consultation response: Walk Ride urges bolder, faster changes with clear rollout plan

Manchester City Council is to be congratulated for its draft City Centre Transport Strategy  – which is open for comment until Wed 4 Nov and you feedback here.  Walk Ride GM is broadly very supportive of the principles and proposals – but we urge a 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? How’s the plan going to transform walking and cycling in Greater Manchester?

WHAT DO YOU THINK? How’s the plan going to transform walking and cycling in Greater Manchester?

It’s been three years since walking and cycling Commissioner Chris Boardman’s vision and plan to transform walking & cycling in Greater Manchester was agreed by the GM Combined Authority* – so we thought it would be a good time to take a temperature check via 



The recent news that the Bee Network is upping the pace shows, we hope, that we are entering a new phase of delivery of walking and cycling in Greater Manchester.
While announcements included no new schemes, no new money – and were essentially a recap of 26 previously announced schemes – this is a welcome new focus on getting them in by the end of 2021.

BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK? Tell us via our simple, anonymous survey

Of the £160m Mayor’s Challenge Fund, which is to pay for the first few years of the Bee Network (and runs out in March 2022), only £15m has been spent so far, with a further £48m of schemes ‘given programme entry’ ie provisionally greenlit and included in the commitments above.

What those announcements didn’t include is funding won through the Government’s Emergency  Active Travel Fund second tranche, news of which has been delayed but is expected later in October, and other pots or matching funding which may be available, such as the Growth Fund.

There are positive noises that there is more to come from the Emergency Fund for GM (albeit a way off the 120km hoped for at one point) as per this summary:


  • Tranche 1: 25 miles
  • Tranche 2 (Town Centres): 18 miles 
  • Tranche 2 (Regional Centre): 6 miles


This map above includes the Bee Network schemes AND those hoped for from the Government’s Emergency Fund (we are really hoping that blue circle in the middle includes, finally, some temporary bike infrastructure in Manchester city centre).


All the details above are taken from a detailed three-year state of play report which went to the GM Transport Committee from TfGM’s new Programme Director of Walking and Cycling, Richard Nickson.


His paper commits to the following roll-out of Bee Network miles over the next two years – essentially this is what councils have signed up to deliver:

  • By April 2021:                4 miles
  • By April 2022:                88 miles (add 44 miles previous year)
  • By April 2023:                126 miles (adds 38 miles on previous year)

Interesting also to hear the comments from Boardman at our recent webinar, that while quality remains the focus, if councils drag their heels, funding may be moved to councils with more capacity / capability to deliver.


We’re finally starting to see the Bee Network being delivered. We’ve announced the first 55 miles of infrastructure worth £85m going in next year – it’s not as much as I wanted but is a commitment to deliver by the end of 2021′.

“We have given schemes ‘programme entry’ {to the £160m+ Mayor’s Challenge Fund, which is paying for the first phase of the Bee Network} but it’s a time-limited fund.

“So if we aren’t seeing progress soon, we will start to look at reallocating funds to people who want to go quickly so we can start to inject some more pace.

Walk & Cycling Commissioner Chris Boardman


It was also good to see more than just cycle lanes in Nickson’s report: for instance the 18 safer crossings across Bury and Harpurhey, and more news on Active Neighbourhoods – which are a lot cheaper than bike lanes and arguably create a greater impact for more people, more quickly. As well as a promise for this to be the start of regular ‘progress checker’ reports.

The Director’s reference to publishing long awaited design standards, under the Streets for All work that was done more than a year ago now, was also welcome. As was acknowledging that TfGM can do more to support borough business cases, and communicate more.

Boardman and his team have in total £500m worth of plans for 420 miles of network, for which they’ve asked for another £215m from Government via the Build a Nation report at the start of the year.

The Bee Network team have never seemed too troubled by this funding gap (which to be fair shouldn’t be a problem given the £2bn announced as part of Gear Change (though that was before our fall out with Westminster…).

Perhaps more important is the Government’s commitment to deliver on its this strategy  – Transport Minister Grant Schapps’ recent letter to local authorities has been seen by some as a worrying sign of back-pedalling, giving councils a way off the hook in the face of even a glimmer of opposition.

It’s emerged in the last few days that one borough appears to have wobbled – with news Bury is planning to pull their A56 pop-up bike lane scheme. But then came news of Bolton joining the race with a fantastic set of proposals for the town centre. There are steps forward, there are steps back – it’s a crucial 12 months when we will learn definitively where the political will for change is to be found.

Our 10 leaders have all signed up to Made to Move, the GM Green Plan, a Climate Emergency and numerous other policies which all commit them to increasing walking and cycling and reducing driving – by at least 1m fewer car journeys a day in GM.

So while we need many things – we need stronger leadership to support a clear plan of action for how this shift will happen in each borough.

To be fair, it’s still early days in what is a major transformation.

But perhaps in addition to delivery we need a new focus on team-work.
Neither the GMCA, TfGM nor the councils hold the answer alone – none of us do.

This month we also saw the launch of the Active Travel manifesto by the Public Health Directors of GM. And GM Moving is the multi-agency campaign to get more people moving in their daily lives.  It is also good to see TfGM’s new Cycle & Stride grant scheme for under served groups.

If we are to make this shift, we all need to work together more on making these small parts into a greater whole – through communication, collaboration and community engagement.

If team-work is the next phase: How and where does that happen, we wonder?

Design brief: Opportunity to create project identity with the Chorlton Climate Action Partnership

Design brief: Opportunity to create project identity with the Chorlton Climate Action Partnership


Community Projects Co-ordinators (Active Travel)

Community Projects Co-ordinators (Active Travel)

THE POSTS BELOW ARE NOW CLOSED. The Partnership will be recruiting two new posts, one with Groundwork and one with WalkRide, to form the project team and: Develop and deliver high quality community led projects within the Chorlton Climate Action Partnership work programme, ensuring impact 

Walk Ride GM in new community partnership for low-traffic community project in South Manchester

Walk Ride GM in new community partnership for low-traffic community project in South Manchester

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

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