GREATER Manchester’s first Cycling and Walking Commissioner has called for £1.5 billion to help realise his vision of transforming the city region into a world class region for cycling and walking.
Last year Mayor of Greater Manchester appointed Chris Boardman to say how GM can deliver a step change in the numbers of people walking and cycling in the city region.
The result, a 15-point plan, includes proposals to publish a detailed 2018 Greater Manchester-wide walking and cycling infrastructure plan, as set out in the Greater Manchester Strategy, and establish a ring-fenced, 10-year, £1.5 billion infrastructure fund for walking and cycling. This would bring Greater Manchester’s spend on cycling and walking in line with other major conurbations, including London and Oslo.
Recently the combined authority asked all of the councillors across Greater Manchester to support the proposals and so far, with just one day to go, over 40 percent have pledged their support – they only need to click on one link to register.
“Lib Dem councillors are leading the way with over half pledging support and I am encouraging others to as well before the deadline”, said Cllr Jon Twigge. “Conservative councillors are nowhere near as keen with less than a quarter of their councillors supporting the campaign to cycle and walk more”.
The campaign was launched before Christmas: https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/news/article/242/chris_boardman_calls_for_15bn_over_a_decade_to_make_greater_manchester_a_world_class_region_for_cycling_and_walking