See below for our response to the Levenshulme and Burnage active neighbourhood consultation that we sent to Manchester City Council prior to November 4th, on behalf of our volunteers and 500+ supporters.
Into this we have put all of our knowledge and experience that we’ve gained from both engaging with our supporters and fellow residents in Levenshulme and Burnage and researching active travel and traffic management. In the past few months we’ve learned alot, and grown from a handful of people excited about making Levenshulme and Burnage better to a fully organised team.
This response is in no way meant to be exhaustive, as we can only draw on what we have learned ourselves, but we hope it gives the council some direction when it comes to making sure this trial has the highest chance of working for all of us, and helps residents see how this scheme could make our streets better for everyone.
You can download the full version of the consultation response PDF below, or read our summary bullet points first.
Response summary and recommendations:
Streets for People supports the scheme but asks that MCC work with local residents to identify where filters will be placed to help guarantee a successful trial and increase in pedestrian and cycle use for short journeys.
Thought will need to be given to the wider areas around the Active Neighbourhood trial area, to reduce traffic and encourage car use throughout Greater Manchester to enable transition to more sustainable forms of travel.
We would recommend that the following points are considered as part of the trial to make it as successful as possible:
- There is a clear need for the trial and the trial should be kept as per the proposed plan or as close to the proposed plan to help create a truly active neighbourhood;
- If the trial is to be successful it requires full public support of Councillors and officers within MCC. MCC need to be firm in their public support for the scheme;
- The trial should be built on evidence and data to show how it has affected pedestrian, cycling, and vehicular movement within the trial area;
- The trial needs to be undertaken in consultation with the emergency services and other partners of MCC;
- Satellite navigation apps should be informed of changes to help reduce the risk of vehicles being misdirected;
- The North Burnage part of the trial should be progressed without unnecessary delay to help bring benefits of active travel to local residents as originally promised;
- School Streets should be considered as part of the trial or introduced as soon as possible to help compliment the Active Neighbourhood;
- All roads within the scheme area should be reduced to a 20mph limit;
- Raised crossings should be installed at junctions between main arterial roads and routes within the Active Neighbourhood (if they have been identified as routes with high or potential for high pedestrian footfall);
- If any streets are to be reduced to one-way traffic, two-way movement should be maintained for cyclists;
- Other measures to help walking and cycling need to be included to help promote the benefits of active travel, for instance pedestrian crossings, additional cycle parking etc;
- Pedestrian and cycling crossings, which help break severance points, are equally as important as modal filters and these should be introduced as part of the trial, or as soon as possible to aid pedestrian movement;
- The existing traffic using boundary and arterial roads needs to be considered, as well as the effect the trial has on it;
- Where filters are installed, any on-footway measures to prevent vehicular movement should not impede pedestrian movement on the footway, including people with mobility aids and parents with prams and pushchairs.