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.


And with new proposals for improvements to the region's streets and infrastructure appearing regularly at the moment, this is a crucial time for us to feed in.

Have your say

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework
Have your say

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has put together a broad plan for the whole region's infrastructure - and they are inviting you to have your say.

The Plan for Homes jobs and the Environment (or "spatial framework) will form the basis for the future development of communities across Greater Manchester, including homes, streets, transport and green spaces. 

Living Streets believes it is important we support its aims to enable more walking - but also challenge the parts that could be better.

A consultation is now open until 18 March 2019.

Below are some ideas that you may wish to include in your response.

Walking and cycling

Welcome overall tenet of plan – and renewed focus on focusing development in existing city centres.

Important that focus on walkability is not lost within this. Higher densities should encourage walking and cycling but effort needs to be made to ensure the public realm is designed in such a way as to maximise the benefits.

Focus on ‘Streets for All’ is positive – although this philosophy should run through the whole strategy – and the role walking and cycling can play in boosting a sense of place and competitiveness should not be lost.

Looking to the future, people will be attracted to live and work in cities by attracting built environments and public realms, and clean air. The Mayor’s plans in this regard are to be welcomed but could go further in the future.





Safer streets
Less pollution
More activity

Creating a buzz in the city

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."

Read our full statement on Beelines

More on the Transport for Greater Manchester website

Chris Boardman, MBE

We are delighted at the appointment of Chris Boardman as the city region's first-ever Cycling and Walking Commissioner.

It comes after hundreds of our supporters backed our campaign for the postholder to have a brief that included walking - so thank you to you, too!

Our research found that over a quarter of parents in Manchester (29%) think their city is unsafe for children walking to school.

After a generation of decline in the number of children walking to primary school (from 70% to 47%), the government has recognised the importance of walking to school and set a target – to get 55% walking to primary school by 2025.

In his manifesto, Andy Burnham also promised to introduce a new Clean Air Action Plan for Greater Manchester and put forward a plan to modernise our local train stations, making them more accessible.

Greater Manchester’s first-ever cycling and walking commissioner

Download our Blueprint for Change

These are our campaign aims in Greater Manchester



  1. Appoint a walking and cycling champion
  2. Clean up the air and free up space
  3. Create people-friendly town and city centres
  4. Make our roads safer
  • Appoint a senior walking and cycling champion for Greater Manchester within the first 100 days who will oversee a transformative behaviour change programme encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to walk and cycle more – improving Greater Manchester for everyone. 

  • Set up an ambitious low emission zone that aims to reduce vehicle emissions, cut congestion and help pay for public realm and public transport improvements that will make Greater Manchester a better place to live, visit and work. Mandate TfGM to assess the feasibility of a smart road-pricing scheme for Manchester city centre that compliments the low emission zone.

  • Invest in walking friendly town centres and safe routes to school across Greater Manchester that encourage people to make local journeys on foot, helps regenerate communities and brings more customers to local businesses.

  • Adopt a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety, that puts the elimination of road danger at the heart of the transport system and commit to 20mph speed limits across Greater Manchester on streets where people live, work and shop.

Our Walking Cities Campaign

Living Streets is calling on the new leaders in our major UK cities to make their cities healthier, cleaner and less congested.



Walking Cities