Improve Your Streets

At Walk Ride GM, we want to help the region’s residents to improve your area. One way to do this is setting up a local group for your area, but if you’d prefer to focus on a smaller, street-level area, there are plenty of options available for you and your neighbours.

Sharing your positive experiences with people in your area and learning from other locals groups can really help to grow your community projects – so we’d also recommended forming a local ward-level group. You can find information on all the existing local groups here – and if there isn’t one near you yet, then we’ve provided tips on how to get started here. Or get in touch with us via our new Facebook group here.

We all want to make our neighbourhoods better – even those who are worried by change – so the ideas below are also ways to help bringing everyone along for the journey, by demonstrating the positive change in real life.

School Streets, Play Streets and Quiet Streets

School streets and quiet streets using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) are great ways to show people how much more pleasant our neighbourhoods can be as a low-traffic or car-free space, while also bringing the community together.

How do you arrange to change your street from permitting fast through traffic to being access-only?

The ten boroughs of Greater Manchester provide information on how to apply for a temporary quiet street, play street or school street for a one-off event or defined period of time. The Government provides advice here.

For example, Tameside is promoting a Quiet Streets initiative, whereby residents can reclaim their streets and provide additional safe space for distancing while outside.

Tameside Quiet Streets

Manchester City Council has also announced its play streets scheme, which is designed to encourage “more of our residents from all parts of the city to come together to close the road or street where they live to help children’s play”.

School Streets and Playing Out are great resources for information on how to create your own school play street.

Click the links below to find out how to do this in your area.

Bolton / Bury / Manchester / Oldham / Rochdale / Salford / Stockport / Tameside / Trafford / Wigan

Can this be trialled and/or become more permanent?

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) gives a neighbourhood the opportunity to trial interventions and consult on the functionality in practice before they are made permanent. This method has been adopted as part of the Levenshulme Bee Network.

How have other areas in Greater Manchester made their streets safer through temporary or permanent filtering?

The following case studies show how reclaiming our streets has helped to improve neighbourhoods in the region:

Wilbraham Road, Chorlton – Great Get Together 2019 – reviewed here

York Avenue, Whalley Range – Play Street August 2020 – reviewed here