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Manchester Residents Encouraged to Apply for ‘Play Streets’ to Create Safer Neighbourhoods

Manchester City Council this week announced that it is removing the application fee for Play Streets, which provide the opportunity to open up residential streets for use by people living in those communities. The council’s website states that, “A group of residents can apply to [open] their road on a regular basis for a few […]

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Consultation Cycling Infrastructure Walking

Consultation Maps Launched for Monton Neighbourhood Area and Fallowfield Loop Route

Two public consultations were launched this week for schemes that have the potential to improve the active travel network in Greater Manchester. Monton Village Filtered Neighbourhood and the Fallowfield Loop are the latest locations in the region to be opened for comments from the community. Fallowfield Loop The 14km Fallowfield Loop route was awarded £4.9m […]

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COVID-19 Cycling Infrastructure Walking

TfGM Confirms £3.1m Emergency Active Travel Fund Allocations for Greater Manchester

TfGM has officially announced the road safety measures that will be built across Greater Manchester as part of Tranche 1 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF). Many of the schemes, which will be funded by the £3.1m Tranche 1 budget, have previously been announced and are already in place to address the movement and […]

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Campaigns COVID-19 Cycling Infrastructure Walking

Why Prioritise Active Travel? The Social Justice Reasons

Social justice issues lie at the heart of our campaigns to create healthy streets, and this is even more stark during the COVID-19. Chris Boardman, the Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, reiterated this during an interview with Radio 4’s World at One in July 2020: “The most important point that isn’t getting across […]

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Cycling Walking

Why Prioritise Active Travel? The Health Reasons

Words by Dr Patrick Carrington, Lead Cancer Clinician for Trafford overseeing provision of all cancer services in Trafford hospital First, a bit of context – I have been a doctor treating people with various diseases for around 40 years, and for over 30 years I have been a haematologist (blood specialist). Sadly, by the time […]

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Bee Network Consultation Cycling Infrastructure Walking

Consultation Opens for Beswick Filtered Neighbourhood Project

Proposals for the latest Bee Network scheme have been published for consultation, with Beswick residents encouraged to get involved with shaping their neighbourhood for people using active travel modes such as walking, cycling or other mobility aids. Where is it? The project area, labelled ‘Safer Roads for Beswick‘, covers the streets between the Etihad Stadium […]

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COVID-19 Cycling Infrastructure Walking

Tameside’s Quiet Streets Initiative Helps Residents Reclaim Space During COVID-19

Residents of Tameside are being encouraged by the council to apply for Quiet Streets in their neighbourhood. Tameside Council recently launched its Quiet Streets initiative to give residents the opportunity to enforce regular, temporary road closures to create more outside space for people living on the street, allowing people to use the street for exercise. […]

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Campaigns Cycling Events

Hundreds of People Form ‘Human Bike Lanes’ Along the A6

More than 150 people lined up alongside the A6 in Levenshulme on Saturday 27 June to form ‘human cycle lanes’, with everyone observing social distancing rules and most wearing masks. The aim was to call on Manchester City Council to address the lack of provision for walking and cycling in the Levenshulme area and beyond. […]

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Cycling

Getting Back On Your Bike: Cycling Essentials Part Five

Words by Jane Bedford McLaren and Jonathan Keenan. Image by Lucy Sykes. Riding Now that you have all the gear you need and the right bike for you, we thought some tips on riding might be helpful: Pedalling – this is most efficient if the ball of your foot is on the middle of the […]

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Cycling

Getting Back On Your Bike: Cycling Essentials Part Four

Words by Jane Bedford McLaren and Jonathan Keenan. Image by Lucy Sykes. Clothing The main thing is to wear whatever you feel comfortable in. You don’t need any special clothing, unless you are planning a long ride. That said, here are some tips that might make the ride more comfortable: Jeans have bulky seams in […]

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Cycling

Getting Back On Your Bike: Cycling Essentials Part Three

Words by Jane Bedford McLaren and Jonathan Keenan. Image by Lucy Sykes. Kit: Now that you have sorted your bike, you need to think about what sort of accessories you will need. As I have said in Part One of this series, you don’t need loads of expensive gear, so this part is pretty short. […]

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Cycling

Getting Back On Your Bike: Cycling Essentials Part Two

Words by Jane Bedford McLaren and Jonathan Keenan. Image by Lucy Sykes. Purpose: There are loads of different bikes intended for different things and there is a lot to consider. This section of the blog series is the longest – we have tried to keep it as short as possible and we really want to […]