Review: WalkRide GM’s 1st Birthday General Meeting

Review: WalkRide GM’s 1st Birthday General Meeting

Words by Charles Ward. Photographs by Jonathan Keenan. The first birthday of WalkRride GM was celebrated on 3 December at the Friends’ Meeting House, along with 100 enthusiastic attendees. Proceedings were opened by Nadia Kerr, who reminded everyone of the sterling efforts of the founding 

World Car-Free Day: A Missed Opportunity for Manchester City Council

World Car-Free Day: A Missed Opportunity for Manchester City Council

Words by Harrie Larrington-Spencer. Sunday 22 September was Car-Free Day, a global event closing cities to cars and opening them up to the people. The aim is to help urban residents experience and envisage what their cities could be like with fewer private vehicles on 

Review: WalkRide GM September Open Meeting

Review: WalkRide GM September Open Meeting

Words by Nadia Kerr. Helen Pidd opened the forth open meeting of the Walk Ride Greater Manchester family, setting the energetic atmosphere that prevailed through the evening. Every member of the turnout of around 100 was warmly welcomed to the Friends’ Meeting House on Mount 

Welcome to Walk Ride Denton

Welcome to Walk Ride Denton

Words by Liz Hannaford Photos by Bryony Evens Our latest local WalkRide group had a lively launch at Denton Carnival in Tameside’s Victoria Park on 8 September. The group’s main focus is making the school run to the 13 schools in their area more civilised. 

Petition Launched to Pedestrianise Deansgate

Petition Launched to Pedestrianise Deansgate

A petition has been launched to pedestrianise Deansgate following successful direct action by Extinction Rebellion (XR) that has seen thousands of people enjoying the cross-city route on foot, using mobility aids and by bicycle. The XR action has invited people to envisage a more people-friendly 

Review: Marple Street Audit

Review: Marple Street Audit

Words by Peter Black WalkRide Marple held a sunny Street Audit on Saturday 24 August. 12 people aged 7 to 60 turned up to scour the streets for issues and identify potential to make our community a better place for people to engage in active 

Review: Chorlton Great Get Together

Review: Chorlton Great Get Together

On the morning of Sunday 23 June, all seemed normal on Wilbraham Road, a busy thoroughfare going through the heart of Chorlton. Traffic was busy, as usual, and a handful of pedestrians were getting breakfast in the cafes and restaurants close to the Four Banks 

Review: The Great Ancoats Street Swindle

Review: The Great Ancoats Street Swindle

This evening, hundreds of people attended a group walk and ride through the Northern Quarter and Ancoats to protest the Great Ancoats Street scheme revealed by Manchester City Council earlier this month. Those involved in the event included campaigners from Walk Ride GM, alongside people 

Report on the first ever Cycling and Walking Commissioners’ National Summit, 17 June 2019

Report on the first ever Cycling and Walking Commissioners’ National Summit, 17 June 2019

  Over recent years increasing numbers of cities, regions and indeed city-regions have started to take cycling and walking more seriously, and have appointed regional Cycling and Walking Commissioners (or equivalent roles) to steer and oversee these processes of transformation in how we get around. 

Active Travel Summit By Jo Somerset

Active Travel Summit By Jo Somerset

ACTIVE TRAVEL SUMMIT – March 2019   I attended the Active Travel Summit organized by Labour Cycles on 16th March. Despite the London-centric nature of the conference (raised eyebrows that we’d come from Manchester), there were some points that it’s worth Walk Ride GM considering. 

Report of the recent Cycling Cultures: Insights and Methods conference by Jo Somerset

Report of the recent Cycling Cultures: Insights and Methods conference by Jo Somerset

CYCLING CULTURES: INSIGHTS AND METHODS – MMU, 14th February 2019, by Jo Somerset I couldn’t resist a conference on ‘gendered cycling cultures’ at Manchester Metropolitan University last month. Although it used academic words like autoethnography (researching from personal experience) the day was peppered with interesting