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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 

Letter on walking & cycling in Manchester during Covid19 sent to city council leader Sir Richard Leese

Letter on walking & cycling in Manchester during Covid19 sent to city council leader Sir Richard Leese

We’re publishing this letter sent to Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese as it outlines our position on why it’s important to take positive, rapid action to support walking and cycling as part of the post-lockdown recovery of our city and Greater Manchester regional 

Walk Ride GM welcomes plan for 100km+ pop-up cycle lane network

Walk Ride GM welcomes plan for 100km+ pop-up cycle lane network

Walk Ride Greater Manchester today welcomed news that leaders are planning to install more than 100 kilometres of pop-up cycle lanes across the city region to help workers get in and out of Manchester safely. 

 

With more than ⅓ of residents in the region without a car, and people being told to avoid public transport due to Covid-19, it’s a vital step to provide transport for the lowest paid people, including many key workers.

 

The measures mean that those who can and want to cycle will feel able to do so safely, thus keeping pollution, congestion and emission levels down.

 

Walk Ride GM said: “The government has urged local authorities to make more space for people walking and cycling in rapid fashion, so it’s great to see the region’s leaders stepping up in this way.

 

‘’Without these measures it will be the least well-off who suffer the most. A third of residents do not own a car so without steps to help people cycle safely, the lowest paid – who are the least likely to own a car – will either be denied safe travel or forced to break distancing guidelines.

 

‘‘We need to provide these alternatives so people can make journeys safely, because we know that fear of road traffic is the main reason people choose not to cycle.

 

‘‘But at the same time this can also be a big step towards keeping hold of the quieter, less polluted streets we have seen during lockdown – nobody wants to go back to the bad old days of congestion and pollution, and these measures keep more cars off the road at a time when we know pollution also adds to long-term health issues and worse outcomes for those ill with Covid-19.”

 

With cycling up 42% in the region (1), and more than 400,000 people living within four miles of the city centre (20-30 mins on a bike) pop-up bike lanes are the obvious, greenest, cleanest, fairest way to help people, especially the lowest paid, make essential journeys as the region begins its recovery for the outbreak and surrounding restrictions.

Earlier this month, Liverpool announced more than 100km of pop up cycle lanes, but Greater Manchester’s scheme looks set to be even more ambitious, if all the 10 borough leaders go ahead and give it their backing.

 

Trafford leader Andrew Western last week announced that a seven-mile stretch of the A56 would be closed to vehicles and dedicated instead to people on foot and bike to ensure those that usually rely on public transport and don’t have a car, have a means to access work in the regional centre.(2)

 

But it’s now been revealed that the A56 route – which will run from Altrincham all the way into the centre of Manchester – is just one of 10 being planned, including the A6 from Stockport, which has no tram service into Manchester, and others from Salford, Bury, Tameside and Oldham.

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News Digest: Magnificent Seven on 21st May

News Digest: Magnificent Seven on 21st May

Words by Claire Stocks. A lot of good things that happened in Greater Manchester today. Here’s my ‘Magnificent Seven’ walking and cycling leaderboard… 👩🏾‍🦯🚶‍♀‍👨🏿‍🦽🚲🌳🐞🐝 1. Levenshulme Active Neighbourhood Levenshulme in Manchester has revealed plans for massive traffic-calmed neighbourhood with 27 filters for those on foot