Stockport Council will receive a grant of up to ££500,000 to help it deliver proposals to make it easier for people to walk and cycle during the pandemic.
The money has come from Transport for Greater Manchester’s #SaferStreetsSaveLives campaign, which was launched in Greater Manchester last week with the aim create enhanced shared spaces for pedestrians and cyclists across the city-region.
The council is currently consulting with residents and businesses. It will then review all the identified issues and develop solutions, which can then be delivered.
Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “Stockport is passionate about walking and cycling and we have a real opportunity to make our roads safer not just for this unprecedented period, but for the future as well. We have been in contact with our walking and cycling groups across the borough to get their thoughts on what we can do. In fact, WalkRideGM are helping us with our work. They’ve created a map of Stockport that lets you pin-point the areas you think we need to look at. They’ll then provide the data, all anonymised, to us.
“This is true, bottom-up work that I want as many people as possible to get involved with. This data will help us in identifying those particular areas of the borough where measures to support walking and cycling safely are needed. We are aware that are some areas of the borough that are easier than others to implement these new measures, but with the discussions we are having, we are very hopeful that some of the ideas brought to us can be installed as soon as possible.”