How to host a Walk Ride meeting

Here’s some notes to help you put together an agenda for your first local Walk Ride meeting. You can find more help on how to go about setting up a local group here.

Welcome & introductions

What is Walk Ride GM?

  • A regional campaign advocating for nicer, safer, healthier streets to walk and cycle, particularly for children
  • Founded December 2019 after police refused to investigate a series of muggings of cyclists and pedestrians on the Fallowfield Loop.
  • Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, made the bold decision to spend £160m on walking and cycling.
  • Chris Boardman was appointed walking & cycling commissioner in 2017. He has made it clear he wants communities to make their own proposals for getting more people walking and cycling to build the Bee Network, a city-region-wide cycling and walking network made up of more than 1,000 miles of routes, including 75 miles of Dutch-style segregated bike lanes.
  • People in Greater Manchester make around 250 million car journeys of less than one kilometre each year – the equivalent of a 15-minute walk or a five-minute bike ride.
  • A large proportion of these trips are school runs. In the Netherlands, 50% of children cycle to school every day – in Greater Manchester the number is less than 2%. Bee Network aims to make walking and cycling the natural choice for short journeys.

Why our area?

  • We all love living here but if there is one bad thing about it: traffic, congestion, exhaust fumes
  • What can we do to our existing streets to make them more enticing for people to walk and cycle?
  • What area should the group cover, i.e. is there a neighbouring village that we could include and work with?
  • We need to make sure walking, cycling and public transport provision is a central consideration in any future commercial or residential development scheme.

What are the problem streets and junctions?

  • Walk Ride GM has a particular focus on encouraging children to walk, scoot and cycle to school. What is the school run like around our schools?
  • Why do so many people drive to the local high street? Or to amenities such as leisure centres or cinemas?
  • Are there any rat runs?
  • Are there particular streets irresistible to boy/girl racers?
  • Are there any junctions that are particularly intimidating to cross?
  • Are there problems with existing footpaths/bridleways?
  • How easy is it to get about without driving? What are the transport links out of the area like?
  • Are there any usable off-road routes for walking and cycling?