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 we are delighted that new Mayor Andy Burnham has delivered on his pledge and appointed a Cycling and Walking Commissioner - thanks in no small part to your campaign support!
Today, @Chris_Boardman has unveiled a plan to create the UK’s largest joined up walking and cycling network – #Beelines 🐝— TfGM (@OfficialTfGM) June 27, 2018
The network will revolutionise how journeys are made in Greater Manchester.
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Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, has unveiled an innovative new 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 and 25 ‘filtered neighbourhoods’, where priority will be given 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. Alongside building an extensive cycle network, there is plenty to celebrate for those on foot in the plans, including improved crossings of busier routes and zebra crossings at side roads - giving people priority to cross safely and easily."
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.