Author: Claire Stocks

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 

SHORT-FORM FILM / VIDEOGRAPHERS WANTED FOR COMMUNITY COMMISSION

SHORT-FORM FILM / VIDEOGRAPHERS WANTED FOR COMMUNITY COMMISSION

OUR STREETS CHORLTON SHORT-FORM FILM BRIEF 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.   Opportunity We are seeking a filmmaker / small 

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 organisations* to create a manifesto for what the new mayor needs to do to create a greener, cleaner, safer, fairer, way for people to move about the region.

We are also holding a joint hustings on sustainable transport on Thursday 22 April, 5.30pm. You can sign up here, and ask questions in advance here (deadline Saturday 17th April).

(Please note the new time of 5.30pm: the event was originally advertised as 6.30pm but has been moved earlier at a candidate’s request with agreement of the other candidates).

 

*organisations in the coalition who worked on this include Living Streets, Friends of the Earth, Unison Manchester, Ramblers, Action Vision Zero, Vision Zero Youth Council and Cycling UK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

SAFER FAIRER GREENER CLEANER

A manifesto for getting about in Greater Manchester

10 WAYS FOR GM TO MOVE FROM A TO B – by 2030

 

1. Enable journeys without cars

Make our communities places where cars are optional and walking, cycling and public transport is easy, safe & enjoyable. Take an Active Neighbourhood approach in every community immediately by embedding in planning & housing policies. Commit to 75% of all short journeys (2km or less) and 50% of 2-5km trips to be walked or cycled by 2025, and further develop monitoring to report progress.

 

2. Clean air & green space

Introduce low-emission zones, reduce parking & reallocate space to people, ban engine idling, increase controlled parking & prepare for road pricing. Set annual targets for reducing vehicle trips. In urban centres, end through traffic (access/disabled drivers only) & bring in workplace parking levies. Shift to e-van and e-bike deliveries and pilot an e-cargo hub by 2025. Create more public green space, green streets & active corridors.

 

3. Give children a choice

Create a schools fund to pay for a programme of permanent ‘school streets’ & related improvements, including funding for walking & cycling behaviour change initiatives and community-led training, events, bikes and storage – to enable pupils to walk, cycle, or wheel safely to school at 1000+ primary & 250+ secondary schools by 2025.

 

4. Make it easy to walk and cycle

Fully fund , expand & implement the Bee Network so people don’t have to drive short trips. Commit to 2000+ miles of high-quality walking & cycling infrastructure by 2030, with annual targets for each borough that meet accessible standards. Create a neighbourhood cycle storage fund. Remove all inaccessible barriers and guard rails.

 

 

5. Take a people first approach

Implement policies which put pedestrians & disabled people at the top of the hierarchy of users e.g. count people not vehicles, and optimise design for them. Implement a crossings audit and upgrade plan, make signal crossings single stage & minimise waiting, roll out side-road crossings. Stop pavement parking & clutter. Develop Rights of Way improvement plan.

 

 

6. Zero deaths on our roads

Sign up to Vision Zero & set target of zero road deaths or serious injuries in GM by 2040. Adopt 20mph as default limit in built-up areas & create safe urban centres & high streets. Prioritise enforcement against offences that pose greatest harm to others: speeding, careless driving, mobile phone use & uninsured vehicles. Treat road crime as real crime.

 

 

7. Give buses and trams a better ride 

By 2030 commit to: Making franchised network a success by adding 1000 miles of new or improved 24/7 bus lanes, including more guided routes; upgrading & diversifying fleet so all vehicles run on renewable energy; make more affordable by expanding concessions & capping fares. Enhance & extend tram network with new routes & plans for further growth.

 

 

8. Improve trains and cap air travel

Campaign for funding & powers to oversee local, suburban & regional services inside GM in order to speed up journey times & frequency. Expand rail network including new stations. Make all stations fully accessible. Push GM leaders to review business plan for Manchester Airport & bring in line with GM’s 2038 carbon-zero commitment.

 

 

9. Create an integrated network

Make an integrated, sustainable transport network in which safe walking & cycling are embedded, an immediate & ongoing ‘top 3’ priority. Enable ‘trip hopping’ from foot, bike, bus, tram & train through single ticketing with daily & weekly fare caps, allowing bikes on trams & tram-trains & developing good walking & cycling routes between transport hubs. Enable more e-car sharing & develop a cohesive e-charging network on road not footways.

 

 

10. Tighten up and open out

Review & refresh all structures, roles & governance to align with delivering an ‘integrated, sustainable network’ and related targets – including pushing for control of commuter rail & key roads inside GM, & taking up powers to enforce moving traffic offences locally. Ensure meaningful engagement with communities and that people are more fully represented in decision-making. Create cross-sector advisory panel alongside TfGM, & in each borough.

 

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). COMPLETE THE CONSULTATION HERE Please do send in your comments to support for a ban on vehicles parking on footways, as we won’t get anther 

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 more detailed timeline that brings key proposals forward and commits to the city centre being a pedestrian and cycle priority zone by 2025 at the latest.

We believe such a timeframe is required for Manchester to

  • support people getting around without a car during Covid19, and longer term
  • reduce pollution and contribute to a more attractive, resilient city centre that people will want to visit
  • achieve its ambition to reduce climate-harming greenhouse gasses by 50% in the next five years, given that vehicles comprise more than 30% of direct Co2 emissions.

We also urge a review of the targets for different types of journeys and introduction of other Key Performance measures.

For instance – we are skeptical about the strategy’s current targets for just 6% of journeys to be made by bike and 12% by foot 20 years from now, and believe they are not aligned with the stated aspiration to be a clean, green world-leading city; nor will the relatively small decreases in driving over the next 20 years, achieve the required pollution & Co2 reductions.

So we urge the City Council & Transport for Greater Manchester to act more quickly, and to work with the Manchester Climate Change Agency and its advisors the Tyndall Centre to develop scenarios of the changes needed in each transport mode to deliver this change.

We are also asking for some further detailed steps to support walking and cycling in the shorter term, and more clarity on some key items.

Lastly, we respectfully request that the City Council to carry on working with stakeholders in a more inclusive, open way (as it did in the development of the draft) – in the further development of an action plan for delivery, and specific pieces of work, such as the plans for Deansgate, Whitworth Street and city centre ‘triangle’.

 

Targets for modal shift include a 7,000 per day increase in cycle journeys although this would still only account for 6% of trips
We want the targets to go further – to include the whole day not just rush hour & include trips within the city

For instance, we call for the setting up of a street-users forum to ensure that the needs of a range of people in multiple demographics are identified, understood and incorporated into designs.  

We have shared our response to the City Centre Transport Consultation below.

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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 

BEE NETWORK’S THREE-YEAR PROGRESS REPORT: THE WALKRIDE GM VIEW 

BEE NETWORK’S THREE-YEAR PROGRESS REPORT: THE WALKRIDE GM VIEW 

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 

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

WE ARE LOOKING TO WORK WITH A DESIGNER OR DESIGN TEAM ON AN EXCITING PROJECT IN SOUTH MANCHESTER…

Continue reading 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