1/ Today we'll be focusing on what the council could announce to help make boundary roads better for walking and cycling.

First- More data from Hackney showing a filtered neighbourhood reducing traffic on boundary roads and side streets!

It can be done!

2/ With traffic nationally returning to pre-covid levels, now would be an ideal time for MCC to trial further measures, and secure pre-post intervention monitoring data and evidence that has been unfortunately lacking so far.
3/ This adds to the ever growing evidence base that despite filters being placed on side streets, they provide benefits for boundary roads too.

But there are other measures needed to promote active travel routes along and across these roads.
4/ Crossings allow people to continue their active travel journeys from one "no through traffic" zone to another, linking zones across the whole of Levenshulme/Burnage.

The Heaton's active neighbourhood includes a temporary crossing, so no reason for a lack of one here.
5/ Trial crossings would be best employed at points where "low traffic zones" meet. For instance, if Chapel street were to be filtered, a crossing linking it to Dorset road.

This links pedestrians on either side of Broom Lane together, and encourages longer active journeys.
6/ However, people still need to walk up and down boundary roads, how could this be improved?

Pavement build-outs are temporary features that can be implemented as part of an active neighbourhood. Roads can be narrowed with filters or rhino barriers.
7/ these pavement narrowing techniques need to be made with accessibility in mind (eg. gaps in barriers), but can be a powerful argument for more permanent reclaiming of streetspace, where build-outs can enable tree planting, or easier crossing due to reduced road width.
8/ Whilst these are general recommendations, we have more specific suggestions on our website on a street by street basis. Stay tuned today for more discussion on those as we approach the announcement on the 26th!

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25 Nov
1/ Levenshulme boundary roads vary in required measures. Some, such as Broom Lane, Barlow Road and Cromwell Grove, have houses that face into the street and narrow roadways that exacerbate the effect traffic and its pollution has on these residents. Photo of broom lane, where one side has no pavement. Houses Cromwell grove, narrow, with many cars parked on pavement
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1/ The active neighbourhood is about making trips on foot or cycling the easiest option. It’s not about making individual quiet streets.

This is why the way the project has been handled by MCC and talked about by councilors to date needs to change.
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After a successful meeting with local councillors, they have confirmed that residents will receive an updated plan on the next phase of the active neighbourhood for both Levenshulme and Burnage on the 26th of November.
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