The Ramblers are holding a ‘day of action’ on Tuesday April 20th to call for the next Mayor of Greater Manchester to create more green walking routes.
The event will involve Greater Manchester Ramblers taking photos along their favourite walks close to home and sharing them on social media. They hope this will highlight the great green spaces around Greater Manchester and reinforce the need to link them up to create a greener, more walking-friendly Greater Manchester.
Join in on the day of action by Tweeting photos of your favourite walk to @ramblersgb or by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen growing public enthusiasm for walking around towns and cities, with proven benefits for walkers’ health, wellbeing and happiness. Parks, canals and rivers are some of our favourite places to walk – but the recent Greater Manchester Combined Authority report on the natural environment showed that only 44% of people live near a park or green space. Many are put off from visiting green spaces by heavy traffic, a lack of crossings and poor directions on routes. That’s why a new green walking route in each Greater Manchester borough is so important.
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Margaret Manning, Chair of the Ramblers Greater Manchester and High Peak Area said: “We have made a good start in Greater Manchester with the Bee Network, but we need to do more to ensure that the benefits of green space and walking routes are available to all citizens. We can point to examples like the Manchester Green Trail and the Salford Trail to show what local Ramblers groups can achieve. The next Mayor of Greater Manchester will have the responsibility to really build on the early successes of Made to Move and to create a network of green routes that provide opportunities not just for every day journeys but to enable people to connect with green spaces for enjoyment, health and wellbeing.”
Digital Hustings – Thursday April 22, 6.30pm
The day of action comes ahead of Thursday’s sustainable transport digital hustings. The Ramblers have joined with other organisations who believe greater and more rapid change is needed for a cleaner, greener, fairer, safer way for people to get about in Greater Manchester, to host a digital hustings event on April 22. This is an opportunity to question the candidates about their policies for sustainable transport.Signing up is straight forward and the event starts at 6.30pm.
Contact mayoral candidates to support new green walking routes in Greater Manchester using our template letter >>>