As our urban centres grow and work-life patterns evolve, issues around connectivity and movement have never been as important.
In Greater Manchester, as in all major conurbations, the road network is under pressure and with projected population growth over the coming years this is likely to become more acute.
Historically the road network has developed following an approach that has prioritised vehicle movements with the widening of carriageways and engineering of our streets. With disruptive shifts in mobility, vehicle technology and demographics, it’s time to rethink how we use our streets.
Across Greater Manchester, almost two thirds of all car journeys are less than 5km and in a bid to re-examine the balance between vehicles, bikes and people, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has launched its innovative Streets for All programme.
Streets for All is about creating better places for a future Greater Manchester, creating streets that balance the movement of people and goods with the inclusion of more people-friendly places. Streets for All explores the critical role that streets across the region play in creating sustainable, healthy and resilient places, with a focus on people rather than vehicles.
The programme supports the vision of the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 with its ambition that by this date we have one million more sustainable journeys per day. Approaching streets as places for people, not just traffic lanes is an essential part of our plan to support this ambition.