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The Great Pavement Robbery

How cars are taking our street space and what you can do to stop it.

Help stop Levenshulme and Burnage’s 100+ PAVEMENT BLOCKS.

These roaming metal boxes appeared without ANY CONSULTATION, and are MULTIPLYING year on year. They could appear outside of YOUR SHOP OR HOME at any time, turning paths into

P A V E M E N T

P R I S O N S.

Say NO to pavement parking. Answer the consultation TODAY

Ahem, sorry about that, not sure what came over us.

Whilst we’re waiting for the active neighbourhood trials to begin, we thought we’d draw your attention to another important part of the “Streets for People” puzzle, the scourge of pavement parking.

Reclaiming street space for walking and cycling is important. Low traffic neighbourhoods with modal filters make streets safer by reducing through traffic, but there is another problem.

We must not only reclaim road space from through traffic, but also reclaim the pavements for pedestrians, particularly those with mobility issues and pushchairs, who require more space to navigate safely.

In the olden times, pre-car, we would walk in the street, but now pedestrians are relegated to pavements, giving most of the street space over to vehicles.

(Karl Jilg/Swedish Road Administration)

Now even what little space is left is being taken from us, by the very machines that made the streets too unsafe to walk on in the first place.

Here the whole of Danforth Grove pavement is lost to cars, increasing the risk for those who cannot fit through this tiny gap.

With many pavements unwalkable, and streets too unsafe, those who rely on mobility aids, are visually impaired, and those with small children in pushchairs have no choice but to put their lives at risk by stepping out into traffic.

This van here is blocking the tactile paving that allows the visually impaired to cross safely.

This also causes permanent damage to pavements that weren’t designed for the constant stress of cars and vans, which are continuing to get larger and heavier. This causes health hazards through uneven pavements which again are the most trouble for those who find mobility difficult.

Whilst the government has pledged to end the sale all new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, electric cars alone will not stop this unequal distribution of street space, and with them being even quieter it could actually increase accident risk for those who are visually impaired. Electric cars also do nothing to increase our active travel and combat the current obesity crisis.

We need to create spaces people feel comfortable in outside of a car, and currently we have cars clogging our paths, preventing the flow of pedestrians, and preventing the active travel that keeps us all fit, decreases the risk of crime (more eyes on the street) and helps business.

What can I do about it?

Pavement parking laws and guidelines are currently unclear. 46% of drivers say they’re confused by current laws, and only 5% know all aspects of it. 65% of people admit to parking on the pavement.

Scotland and London have already outlawed pavement parking, but for everyone else a new pavement parking law is needed, to make it clear to drivers that they CANNOT park on the pavement unless a clear exemption is in place.

Campaigners Living Streets have an e-petition to support ending pavement parking. Once you have completed this the site will take you to the government’s official consultation. This ends on the 22ND NOVEMBER so you’ll have to act quick!

The government consultation gives you three option to feedback to the Department for Transport. The recommendation of Living Streets (and us) is to choose OPTION 3 if you want to see real, enforceable change in the way pavement parking is addressed in our area. This would bring in London legislation of a “complete prohibition on pavement parking” England-wide. The Highway Code says you ‘MUST NOT’ park on the pavement in London (unless signs say that you can).

Help us end pavement parking in Levenshulme, Burnage, Manchester and the whole of the UK, and reclaim our streets for people!

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Clean Air Day

Thursday 8th October is Clean Air Day, a national day to promote clean air initiatives and encourage people to think about what they can do themselves. What small steps can you take to to reduce pollution where you live? Clean air is something which we all value, but too often taken for granted. We know from research that 30% of all car journeys are less than 1km, a distance that can be walked in less than 15 minutes, and a 60% of car trips are less than 2km, which can be cycled in less than 10 minutes. If we got half of these people walking or cycling it would result in a 30% drop in car use.

Just think how much cleaner our air would be.

Our Friends at Clean Air Levenshulme have created a petition for school Head teachers and local Councillors to ask them to support Clean Air Day and also take steps to help people to reduce their carbon use and make our streets healthier and more pleasant.

Clean Air Levenshulme braving the bad weather to discuss ways to combat pollution!

If you are a parent please add your name and the school that your children attend to their open letter at this link.

There is more information about Clean Air Day on their website (www.cleanairday.org.uk). Everyone has a part to play and we challenge you to think of one way that you can help to reduce pollution or take steps to help others reduce their carbon foot print on Thursday 8th October.

  • Can you walk or cycle for one less journey?
  • Share a journey with somebody else?
  • Walk to school with some friends?
  • Take public transport instead of driving?

There are plenty of ways that everyone can get involved and help clean up our air again. Why not Tweet your pledge #CleanAirDay and inspire others as well?

For more info about Clean Air Levenshulme and what they do you can follow them on Twitter @LevyCleanAir

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Take action

Contact councillors

Please phone or email the following local councillors, asking them to attend a public meeting, to answer questions from the community (a phone call is most effective, but don’t phone more than once without reply):

Angeliki Stogia (Manchester City Council Executive Member for Transport): Tel 07901 528 750, email cllr.a.stogia@manchester.gov.uk

Ben Clay (Burnage Ward): Tel 07966 296 332, email cllr.ben.clay@manchester.gov.uk

Azra Ali (Burnage): Tel 07852 511 785, email cllr.azra.ali@manchester.gov.uk

Bev Craig (Burnage): Tel 0161 234 1842, email cllr.b.craig@manchester.gov.uk

Basat Sheikh (Levenshulme): Tel 07900 170 000, email cllr.b.sheikh@manchester.gov.uk

Dzidra Noor (Levenshulme): Tel 07852 343 781, email cllr.d.noor@manchester.gov.uk

(Bernard Stone [Levenshulme] has already indicated when he is available for a public meeting)

Gather signatories for our collective letter

Speak to neighbours and friends about our collective letter. Ask them to sign it online here. Signatories must either live, work or have kids that go to school in Levenshulme or Burnage Wards, or be responsible for businesses or community organisations in Levenshulme or Burnage Wards. Business owners or community organisation leaders may sign either as individuals or as the business or community organisation. Names will not be published, but will be sent to the councillors and other officials that the Collective Letter is addressed to. Streets for People administrators will check names against previous signatories to prevent duplicate signatures.

Join our organising team

We’re always looking for more people to help with our campaign. If you are interested in joining our organising group, please email: streets4peoplelb@gmail.com

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Fallowfield Loop consultation: have your say

Stay in the loop about the “Floop”! Click here to submit your comments for consultation before the 21st of August

The Fallowfield Loop, or “Floop”, is the route of an old railway line that used to link up Manchester Central Station (now Manchester Central Convention Complex and formally the Gmex) with Guide Bridge station in Ashton, as well as stations at Chorlton, Fallowfield and Levenshulme.

The line closed in 1988, and lay empty until 2001, where after several years of campaigning it was converted into a walking and cycling route. It has remained popular ever since. In 2016, barriers originally designed to block cars, were removed to allow those travelling along the Fallowfield Loop to move more freely.

It is managed by Sustrans and the Friends of the Fallowfield Loop.

It is popular with pedestrians, joggers and cyclists alike and provides an 8-mile traffic-free green route across South Manchester. 

Manchester City council have allocated £5million for improvements and they want to know your views. Whether it be wider paths more security less barrier, or anything else that will help promote the Fallowfield Loop.

You can respond on Manchester Council’s Consultation page above or by clicking here. This takes you to a Commonplace site: an online page where you can leave your own comments as well as seeing what other people have said.

The consultation closes on Friday the 21st of August so make sure your get your comments in if you want to have your say!