Thanks to @jonburkeUK for giving a great talk at our inaugural S4P AGM. No better way to celebrate our birthday than listening to someone who’s walked the walk (literally!) when it comes to fighting for active travel measures.
2/ Our first birthday is a good job to reflect on what we've have achieved so far as a local community campaign group:
3/ We’ve held public meetings, allowing residents to ask questions about active travel both to each other and to their councillors despite not being able to meet in person, ensuring the council continues to communicate what they’re doing to reprioritise streetspace in the area.
4/ We’ve spent many a day leafleting the whole of Levenshulme and Burnage, with posters, (which are still displayed proudly around the area) and petitions for local residents, the most recent of which is at over 300 signatures in support and counting.😊
5/ We’ve run data analysis, and produced handy visualisations to help people understand potential changes, but also weren’t afraid to get out and about and help fight back against planter vandals.
6/ More recently, we’ve been able to put on some successful larger public events, such as our bike repairs, community walks and community bike rides.
7/ Whilst this is all a great success, there is still much more that needs to be done, even to meet the initial ambitions of what was proposed for our neighbourhoods.
8/ We hope the next year brings new vital measures for both Burnage (who have been waiting patiently for any improvements) and Levenshulme (whose residents are hungry for more!) both within trial and with wider measures like school streets and measures to combat pavement parking.
9/ Of course, none of this happens in a vacuum, and we’d like to thank everyone who has helped us so far, especially @LevyBeelines and @LevyCleanAir without whom none of the change we're seeing now would have even got off of the ground.
10/ We'd also like to thank all of those from further afield who continue to offer advice in messages and on social media, your solidarity has been vital in making us a better campaign group for now and the future. 💪
11/ If making our area greener, cleaner, and safer for active travel sounds like fun (it is!) get in contact with us on here or at It's in the name: We want streets to be for people, for them to travel, talk and play...

and we’re here to stay.👊🚶🚴‍♀️

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We need more honesty in this consultation process.

The money for the active neighbourhood trials comes from the 'Mayor's Challange Fund', which is being used to implement a Greater Manchester-wide high quality walking and cycling network.

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