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Streets for All is a new approach for everything we do on streets in Greater Manchester. Streets for All places a strong emphasis on reducing traffic and road danger and on improving the environment for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. This people-centred approach to street planning, design and network management is needed to level up the transport network, support growth and productivity and enable us to meet our decarbonisation targets.

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The Streets for All Vision is:

We will ensure that our streets are welcoming, green, and safe spaces for all people, enabling more travel by walking, cycling and using public transport while creating thriving places that support local communities and businesses.

Our ambition is to design more welcoming and greener streets - which enable people to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives; which have clean air; which are safe and secure for everyone; which provide good access to public transport and which are accessible for those with mobility impairments.

The Strategy sets out our Streets for All Essentials which relate to the challenges and ambitions for Greater Manchester’s streets. We want to create:

  • Green, vibrant streets that are welcoming and safe places to spend time in
  • An attractive and inclusive walking environment;
  • A safe and connected cycling experience;
  • A reliable, integrated and accessible public transport network;
  • A network where goods are delivered on time with minimal impacts on local communities;
  • Streets that enable people to drive less;
  • A future proofed street network.

One objective of ‘Streets for All’ is to ensure the right movement is happening on the right kind of street. Some streets are ‘Destination Places’ or ‘Active Neighbourhoods’, which have low levels of moving vehicles. We need to make sure these kinds of streets are pleasant places to live and spend time in, where it is easy to access local facilities on foot or by cycle. Active travel, alongside public transport, also plays an important role in supporting economically successful ‘High Streets’.

‘Connector Roads’ are important for moving buses and making sure that public transport is given enough priority to be reliable and attractive to users. They are also important for service and delivery vehicles accessing our city and town centres. ‘Strategic Roads’ should be carrying larger vehicles on longer journeys to ensure that the impacts of motorised traffic on local streets are minimised.

This is a new approach which will be developed through careful engagement with local communities, businesses and various organisations. Early engagement with the public is a key part of the Streets for All vision and approach.

The Strategy also details our three levels of delivery of Streets for All: spatial planning; network planning; and street design and management. This approach ensures we focus on existing streets but also streets the form part of new developments.

Finally, the action plan for the Streets for All approach is outlined in the Strategy which sets out the key actions to be undertaken to meet the Streets for All Vision and Essentials.