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Leaders progress bold active travel plans as up to £5m of emergency funding made available as part of coronavirus recovery
- Local Authorities launch #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to support social distancing during coronavirus lockdown and recovery
- Pop-up infrastructure and temporary measures prioritised to enable safe essential travel and exercise for GM residents
- Up to £5m of emergency funding will be available to Local Authorities from the Mayor's Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund (MCF)
Leaders urge critical Government backing to deliver the UK’s largest Cycling and Walking network - creating 2.5 million daily active trips, £6 billion in benefits and a national blueprint
- Mayor of Greater Manchester and Cycling and Walking Commissioner will deliver a report to Government setting out how a revolutionary walking and cycling network will help tackle the climate emergency, inactivity and congestion, prompting country-wide travel change
- Benefits of the plan include:
- A huge increase in daily cycling and walking trips
- A multi-billion-pound health boost for Greater Manchester
- Fewer vehicle trips leading to better air quality and lower carbon emissions
- Reduced levels of congestion and faster journey times
- Guaranteed Government commitment is now needed to put the plans into action
Ambassador of the Netherlands, Simon Smits visited Greater Manchester to meet with Mayor Andy Burnham and business leaders to discuss ambitious future plans for transport in the region.
25 new cycling and walking schemes worth a combined total of £154M are set to be considered by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as part of the continued development of the Bee Network.
A ground-breaking new scheme trialled in Stockport and aimed at transforming underused space into urban mini-parks has been hailed as an overwhelming success with 95% of people saying they would like more installed across Greater Manchester.
Stretford Cycleway open for business as part of a £42 million region-wide cycling investment programme
Stretford Cycleway has now been completed, meaning people travelling on bikes in Trafford can enjoy safer journeys away from traffic in a segregated bike lane. The 3.2km cycleway, which runs up Stretford Road and Talbot Road includes segregated cycle lanes, improved crossings, new cycle markings, carriageway surfacing and bus stop and parking bay bypasses – providing more space and protection for people travelling by bike.