Made to Move

Made to Move

In Greater Manchester last year, the Mayor Andy Burnham appointed Chris Boardman as the Cycling and Walking Commissioner and he published a plan - “Made to Move”, that contained 15 steps to transform Greater Manchester by changing the way we get around. One of the key objectives of the plan is to make walking the natural choice for as many short trips as possible.  The Ramblers nationally and at Area level have been working with Chris Boardman’s team to support these plans because they are linked closely with the main aims of the Ramblers - to protect and expand the infrastructure and places people go walking. We also believe that there are important new opportunities for the Ramblers at Area and district level to influence the development of these and future polices.  This is the link to download a copy of "Made to Move".

Beelines

The very first item in the Made to Move plan was to publish a Greater Manchester wide cycling and walking infrastructure plan.  The first part of this work has been launched as “Beelines”. This is a cycling and walking infrastructure proposal that seeks to identify routes that are safe and attractive.

The first iteration of the map was published in June. The map shows crossing points and proposed routes for the Beelines network and initial proposals for roads where segregated Dutch-style cycling lanes could be built. A copy of the full infrastructure proposal document or the short summary document is available here: https://www.tfgm.com/made-to-move/publications

The proposed Beelines have also been published on the open data site www.mappinggm.org.uk/beelines and there is the facility to comment in detail on the proposed routes.  

Moving the Nation

A group of the UK’s leading walking and cycling organisations, including the Ramblers, has launched ‘Moving the Nation’, a manifesto demanding new measures to prioritise walking and cycling in our towns and citiesIt supports what we are trying to acheive in Greater Manchester.

We know that moving around by bike and on foot is better for our economy, our health and wellbeing, as well as the environment. Despite this, there has been a continued lack of investment in the infrastructure we need to make it safe and easy to do.

Kate Conto, our senior policy officer, said: “Encouraging walking helps create happier, more cohesive communities and has huge benefits for mental and physical health. The Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy is a step in the right direction, but we need to do more to make walking it the first choice for any urban journey. Moving the Nation sets how we can start to do just that straight away.”

The Moving the Nation manifesto outlines the five first steps it would like to see the Government take on board to begin the transformation of our roads and streets:

  • Speed - 20 Lower default speed limits to 20mph for most roads in built up areas and 40mph for the most minor rural roads to make our roads and streets safer for everyone. 
  • Space - Adopt and ensure consistent application of existing ‘best-in-class’ infrastructure design standards to create safe, attractive and inviting places for people of all ages and abilities. 
  • Safety - Revise the Highway Code to improve safety for people walking and cycling, particularly at junctions. 
  • Priority - Prohibit pavement parking to create safer and more accessible streets. 
  • Culture - Provide cycle training for all children during their primary and secondary school years and embed a culture of walking and cycling throughout the school curriculum. 

Click this link to read the full Moving the Nation vision.

Moving the Nation has been launched by a new partnership of the Bicycle Association, Cycling UK, the Ramblers, British Cycling, Living Streets and Sustrans, with a combined membership of more than 330,000 people.