A Walking City Region
What are we aiming for?
We’ll empower a movement through the creation of a walking culture on a scale not seen anywhere else, where walking becomes a normal part of everyday life.
The ambition is to make Greater Manchester the first ‘Walking region’ in the UK, where walking becomes a cultural norm and the first choice for travel. By investing in walking and complementing wider investment into infrastructure and localities ‘GM Walking’ aims to create a social movement for walking that will help to reduce health care costs caused by physical inactivity and improve overall health and wellbeing of our residents.
What do we mean by walking?
- Walking for leisure in a formal walking group, as an individual or informally with a friend(s)
- Build walking into everyday routines such as a lunchtime walk at work or a ‘daily mile’
- Functional walking, such as when going shopping
- Active travel – walking to get from A to B i.e. walking to work or school.
How will we realise our aim?
- The comprehensive Greater Manchester Moving plan, delivered with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Health and Social Care Partnership and Sport England, features 75 areas of work. Together these will reduce inactivity and increase participation in physical activity and sport in people of all ages, while creating more active environments, driving forward policy and system changes, and boosting physical activity’s links with economy and work.
- £2m investment has come from the Health and Social Care Partnership to support our aim to become the country’s first walking city-region.
- We’ve committed to become the world’s first Daily Mile city-region, encouraging everyone regardless of age, ability or personal circumstance to get moving and run, jog or walk for 15 minutes every day. 43% of our schools are already involved, alongside nurseries, schools, universities and work places.
- And we’re investing in infrastructure too, working alongside Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman to introduce more than 1,000 miles of new cycling and walking routes across our city-region. The funding matches levels seen in cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam, and will create the UK’s largest joined-up walking and cycling route network.