Over the last year, Walk Ride Whalley Range has been supporting schools in Whalley Range to find ways to reduce traffic outside the school gates as well as encourage parents and carers to walk, wheel or cycle to school, where they are able. This film shows our experience of supporting a School Street in Whalley Range, Manchester.
Both Manley Park Primary School (MPPS) and Our Lady’s RC Primary are part of the TfGM funded school street pilot, with MPPS running their School Street since January 2023 and Our Lady’s since April 2023.
School Street Update🏃🏾♂️🚴🏾♂️🛴🌲
Just to let you know that Manley Park Primary (College Road site) and Our Lady’s RC Primary are going to be taking part in Manchester’s School Streets pilot starting in the Autumn term. You can see more details in the maps. pic.twitter.com/yhEWICGhsR
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) August 17, 2022
Ad hoc School Streets also take place at St Margarets CoE Primary and William Hulme’s Grammar School. We have supported all of these schools to get their School Streets up and running, helping them with the resources and confidence to run them independently.
We also developed training for School Street volunteers on behalf of Manchester City Council. You can watch the School Streets Marshall Training here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwKPCNFGK6g
Manley Park Primary School, Whalley Range
Since the MPPS School Street began, Walk Ride Whalley Range has organised the rota for volunteer marshalling, managing to cover the majority of mornings and afternoons.
The 1st term of our @mppsch #SchoolStreet done! Our amazing volunteers have managed to marshal and physically close the road 68 out of 90 possible closure times. We have seen a drop in traffic and increase in walking & wheeling over that time. pic.twitter.com/ZPswfI6Xsm
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) April 1, 2023
We are there through rain and shine:
It's not all sunshine being a School Streets volunteer but we're still happy to be here! 🌧🚴♀️🚶♀️🛴 pic.twitter.com/1SKWIZd6Tc
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) May 11, 2023
Seeing a School Street in action is a joy:
— Lucy Marshall (@marshall_r_lucy) June 7, 2023
Harry made a short film:
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) January 27, 2023
We’ve carried out a bit of guerrilla action to make things more colourful:
Reclaiming the streets. In lieu of side road zebras, local residents use chalk as a visual cue to slow down & take care on approach to #Schoolstreet.
For safer, greener, cleaner & happier streets. Putting the joy back in the journey and encouraging play on the way. pic.twitter.com/iwnPzrniTL
— Eve Holt (@evefrancisholt) February 5, 2023
Where we can, we encourage our local councillors to get involved:
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) May 23, 2023
We even had a visit from Dame Sarah Storey, who is the Active Travel Commissioner for Greater Manchester:
We really happy to be supporting this and especially glad to hear acknowledgement for the need for cameras for enforcement. Thanks @DameSarahStorey for getting behind this 🛴🚴♀️🚶♀️ https://t.co/zW0Y4YEcJ8
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) March 10, 2023
Volunteers can sometimes find enforcing the School Street is stressful and can be dangerous. We often have cars and sometime motorbikes mounting the pavement to get round the barriers:
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) March 10, 2023
However, doing a School Street can lead to behaviour changes:
Another day, another school street. Speaking to 3 boys walking to school today. "Why are you walking so slowly?" "Because we're used to coming in the car, so we're a bit tired" "What made you walk today?" "We wanted to because of the School Street" Change is possible. pic.twitter.com/txsKkQ3sFy
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) February 9, 2023
But it’s not enough on its own without a comprehensive Active Travel plan for the school. From the data we are collecting about how children have travelled to school, there has not been a huge shift from those that are driven to walking, wheeling or cycling.
St Margarets Primary School, Whalley Range
St Margarets are restricted on the number of School Streets they can hold to 6 per year. We support them whenever we can:
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) June 22, 2022
They have now started to pilot their parent-led Walking Buses on their School Street days, leaving from 3 different locations to enable children and parents to walk together safely to school.
We would like to thank our families, staff, parent volunteers and local residents for a safer, quieter and car-free College Road. The children's message has been: "Less cars on the roads please!" @talkcleanairWR @ride_walk @RangeAction @cities_clean @MCCWhalleyRange pic.twitter.com/POVCpoCAu4
— St Margaret's Primary School (Whalley Range) (@StMargaretsWR) May 19, 2023
William Hulme’s Grammar School, Whalley Range
We have support WHGS to hold a number of ad hoc School Streets over the last year as well as getting involved with the TfGM funded Young Travel Ambassadors Programme:
Thank you to all our volunteers and ambassadors for making our #SchoolStreets event this morning with @ride_walk a huge success! We will be back this afternoon between 2.00pm-3.30pm. #EducationwithCharacter @WHGSPrimary @WHGSSixthForm @WalkRideGM pic.twitter.com/Ly18kH5gGD
— William Hulme's Grammar School (@WilliamHulmes) June 28, 2022
Triple School Street Day
May 17th 2023 was a day for celebration with 3 School Streets happening on the same day in the same ward in Whalley Range, Manchester. This included Manley Park Primary School, Our Lady’s Primary School and St Margaret’s Primary School.
Today was our very first triple #SchoolStreet in Whalley Range!! With @mppsch and @OurLadysPri
as part of 6 month pilot with @ManCityCouncil
and @StMargaretsWR doing a one off, is this a record?!🌟📷 👏 pic.twitter.com/LzAqKTSHsc
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) May 17, 2023
Walking buses and Bike trains
We have worked with parents at Manley Park Primary School to apply for active travel. They have now undertaken cycle leader training, with their first regular Bike Train which started in June.
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) November 10, 2022
The very first Friday Bike Train arrived at @Mppsch Infants on time!!!!! We even had tickets 🎫!!!
We had sooo much fun & we're ready to set off again after the half term. Watch this space for news on the Manley Bike Train coming to your area!
☀️ 🌞 🚲 🚲 pic.twitter.com/ESfkwCYU4U
— Walk Ride Whalley Range (@ride_walk) May 26, 2023