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The Greater Manchester Pedestrian Manifesto

Many agree that the status quo is far from pedestrian-friendly in the Greater Manchester city-region. Often these are political choices about the allocation of our public realm to different modes of transport – large portions of this public space is given over to vehicles, with pedestrians kettled to one side. Walking šŸš¶is one of the […]

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Walk Ride Blackley publish open letter to councillors

Walk Ride Blackley have prepared and submitted a petition for safer pedestrian access as part of an open letter to local councillors, along with community-led plans to highlight the issues that need attention. We’re asking Blackley and Charlestown councillors to improve pedestrians access between Old Market Street and Rochdale Road/Charlestown Road. You can add your […]

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Walk Ride Blackley Makes Great Progress Following Launch

Walk Ride GM’s newest subgroup has already made strides towards safer streets in the Blackley area since forming in late 2021. Walk Ride Blackley was established by local residents in response to the car-centric status quo on the school run, to address antisocial driving and parking, and to generally be able to move more safely […]

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Mayor Andy Burnham urged to sort ‘off-track’ Bee Network after Boardman departure news

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION: WRGM REACTION TO ANNOUNCEMENT CHRIS BOARDMAN TO LEAVE POST Thanks Boardman for his agenda-setting work Highlights delivery of Bee Network is well off trackĀ  Calls for a commitment to replace Boardman as Transport Commissioner and for them to tackle key issues, including increasing focus on pavements & walking Calls for […]

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Heaton Chapel Active Neighbourhood Nears Post-Trial Consultation Stage

The Heaton Chapel Active Neighbourhood is coming into the final weeks of its three-month trial period and the benefits of speed reduction, safer streets for walking and cycling, and greater accessibility have been experienced by many residents of the area. Outdated and illegal barriers such as kissing gates have been removed from access points to […]

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Walk Ride GM says ‘no’ to Fallowfield loop plans – calls for investment in new east-west on-road route

Walk Ride GM response to the Fallowfield loop & Yellow Brick Road consultationĀ    The Fallowfield Loop / Yellow Brick Road isĀ  a peaceful, linear, traffic-free seven-mile green oasis that connects Chorlton, Fallowfield, Levenshulme, Reddish, Gorton and Openshaw, one of Manchesterā€™s most useful active travel assets. The Bee Network, initiated by Andy Burnham and Chris […]

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Review: Healthy, Happy, Hazard-Free School Streets in Whalley Range

Words by Jack Hunter (Walk Ride Whalley Range) Last week, Walk Ride Whalley Range supported two local primary schools to organise a school street for Clean Air Day. With permission from Manchester City Council (MCC), streets around each school were closed to traffic for drop-off and pick-up times (with exceptions made for residents, deliveries and […]

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Your questions answered: Mayoral candidates on how they would make region cleaner, greener, safer

MAYORAL HUSTINGS ON SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT, 22 APRIL 2021. Candidates from the four main parties were invited; Andy Burnham (Labour), Melanie Horrocks (Green) and Simon Lepori (Lib Dem) attended. (Laura Evans (Conservative) did not respond to invitations). We asked the three candidates 11 questions on behalf of people in Great Manchester ahead of elections on Thurs […]

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Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Fairer: 10 ways for Greater Manchester’s new mayor to transform travel

We believe that walking, cycling and public transport have a key role to play in tackling the challenges of post-pandemic recovery and our environmental crisis, and that this is a top priority in Greater Manchester’s May elections. We’ve teamed up with a range of other organisations* to create a manifesto for what the new mayor […]

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Review: Walk Ride GM March General Meeting

For March’s General Meeting, we invited more special guest speakers to provide updates on local campaigns, as well as tips and strategies from further afield. Opening up was Hannah Kettle, Zooming in from Leeds, where she is working for the charity Possible on the Car Free Leeds campaign. Initiatives as part this include parklets and […]

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Word Games: The Language of Active Travel Campaigning

Words are important – particularly when trying to win hearts and minds. Many people regularly tell surveys they want healthier, safer movement through our streets, but sometimes encouraging those steps in reality requires the right choice of words that both demonstrate the universal benefits that can be possible and counter the bad faith arguments from […]

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Walking & Cycling in GM State of Play survey: THE RESULTS

At the end of 2020 we published a survey asking people to tell us how they felt the plan was going to transform walking and cycling in our Greater Manchester region. More than 150 people replied. Weā€™ve set out the headlines below (for the full survey analysis including graphs and verbatim comments, go here).   […]