Public health. Air pollution. Climate change. Transport. These are all big issues across the region - and all call for a reduction in motor traffic and an increase in walking.
Call on the mayoral candidates to back our manifesto.
Living Streets wants all Greater Manchester to be healthier, cleaner and less congested – by making walking safer, more pleasant and the easiest option for short journeys we can make change happen.
With new Mayoral Elections coming in May, this is a crucial time for us to remind candidates of the power of walking as the region seeks to reimagine its streets and public spaces.
Whether its the Beelines innovative plan to create a city-region-wide cycling and walking network made up of more than 1,000 miles of routes plus 1,400 safer road crossings, Transport for Greater Manchester are leading the way. They are asking for people of Manchester to have their say through various consultations running. The vision is to give priority to the movement of people and where more public spaces to sit, play and socialise will be created.
Living Streets Chief Executive, Joe Irvin says:
"We are excited to see this next stage in Chris Boardman’s ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester a great place for people."
A Walk Ride Greater Manchester event on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 saw the unveiling of a thought-provoking new publication.
Entitled Car Free In The Twenty Minute City, it is the brainchild of a group of residents, activists and experts, and put together by Steve Connor of Creative Concern, who introduces it thus:
"Imagine a city centre where you can get anywhere easily and safely. Where you can hear birdsong and breathe clean air. Where green spaces nestle amongst beautiful heritage and architecture. Where business, education and people flourish.
"The city is within our grasp: it's called Manchester."
We encourage you to give it a read.