Transport for Greater Manchester is launching a series of initiatives designed to encourage more people to walk or cycle to work and to improve the city’s sustainable transport infrastructure.
As part of the transformation, Oxford Road is currently being turned into a ‘boulevard’ that prioritises buses, cyclists and pedestrians over car users.
To encourage more workers to walk and get fit in 2016, a Walking Workplaces Toolkit has been launched, with information and advice for employers.
It outlines a step-by-step approach to promoting walking, either during lunch or other daytime breaks, or for commuting to and from work.
The toolkit includes ‘how to’ guides, template documents, and links to additional resources such as information on how to create employee ‘walking champions’.
It is designed to complement a company’s existing health and wellbeing programme or CSR strategy, to help create a more active and healthy workforce and hence boost productivity and work satisfaction.
There will also be a business workshop on promoting workplace walking, on Wednesday 23 March.
Cycle hub for Sale
Cycling to and from work in Sale has also just got easier, with the launch of a dedicated cycle hub for commuters in a restored Victorian waiting room next to the Metrolink stop.
The new hub has 52 secure cycle parking spaces, and secure lockers for storing cycle helmets and other accessories. It is the twelfth in a growing network of cycle hubs in Greater Manchester.
For just £10 anyone can sign up to join and leave their bike under full cover for the day, with security measures including CCTV coverage and swipe card entry.
Councillor Chris Paul, cycling champion for the TfGM Committee, said: “We hope it will encourage people to cycle part of their commute and continue their journey by tram or bus.”
Cyclists can find out more about the scheme, and about free training courses available from TfGM, here.