Published: 26th SEPTEMBER 2019

‘Our Active Neighbourhood’ in Levenshulme, Manchester

We are working with Levenshulme Bee Network, Manchester City Council, Bespoke Transport Consulting and Transport for Greater Manchester to create Greater Manchester’s first ‘filtered neighbourhood’, designed to reprioritise streets for people.

Levenshulme is currently split into two by the A6 and many streets in the neighbourhood are dominated by cars and pollution.

The ‘Our Active Neighbourhood’ project aims to turn Levenshulme into a walking and cycling-friendly place, connecting the neighbourhood and encouraging journeys by foot, bicycle, or public transport.

The project is part of Chris Boardman’s £1.5 billion Bee Network which will be integral to Boardman’s proposed 1800 miles of walking and cycling routes for the City region.

Find out more about the Bee Network.

What are we doing?

Working with the local community

Through a series of community events, our team will work with local people to find out the issues that matter to them on their streets.

We will hold community design workshops to develop these ideas into on the ground solutions which make the streets look and feel better. We will work with residents to co-design streets and green spaces, which put them first.

Practical solutions could include changing street junctions to remove rat-running, calming streets or developing mini-parks.

Working with Schools

Our team will work with six primary schools which would benefit from changes to their street designs to improve safety around the school gate. These changes would enable more walking and cycling to school and create calmer, greener spaces for residents.

The ‘Our Active Neighbourhood’ project aims to turn Levenshulme into a walking and cycling-friendly place, connecting the neighbourhood and encouraging journeys by foot, bicycle, or public transport.

Big Street Survey

Pupils will survey their streets to assess potential dangers and rate them according to how the spaces make them feel and behave.

Together, we will look at practical ways that our team could change the street to create a healthier, friendlier environment for children, parents and residents.

Our grassroots approach will include events and activities with the whole school community. These events will gather views and ideas that help us to design new-look streets that help reduce traffic and boost ‘active travel’.

Key aims

  • The creation of an Active Neighbourhood based around a 10-minute walk at its heart.
  • Reduction of car use for short trips and a modal shift to more sustainable and active travel
  • Safer, active journeys to and from schools.
  • An increase in active modes like walking, cycling and scooting.
  • A reduction in the impacts of significant severance of the A6 and railway, which pass through the centre of Levenshulme

For more information, events and activities on Levenshulme Active Neighbourhood project go to Levenshulme Bee Network

Can’t make the events and want to contribute? Visit the Commonplace website.

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