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THE MAYORAL PLAN - GREATER MANCHESTER MOVING
Expect to hear more about the GMMoving ambition, to reduce inactivity and increase participation in physical activity and sport. This plan was launched in July 2017 against a background of statistics such as 50% of adults in Gtr. Manchester are 'inactive', doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week, at a significant cost to the NHS and 30% of trips under 1 km are made by cars, trips that would only take 15 minutes to walk and 4 mins to cycle. The effects on physical and mental health, wellbeing and positive relationships are considerable and add this to the cost of traffic congestion, air pollution and traffic accidents and we are talking billions of pounds.

Resources, both financial and practical, are being made available to support plans which improve the accessibility of town, city and local centres by cycling and walking (the bee network) and which create 'active' neighbourhoods, allowing people to move about easily and directly on foot and by bike within their locality. So, for e.g., developers would be required to write into their planning applications how their plans would contribute to better walking and cycling opportunities, and the importance of an infrastructure which includes such essentials as well-maintained footpaths, safe road crossings and attractive public spaces becomes paramount.

Walking groups, including the Ramblers, are among a wide range of organisations who are being invited to contribute to these plans but ultimately, the delivery of any change will depend on the commitment of everyone across Gtr. Manchester.

BOLTON RAMBLERS is part of The Walking Partnership.

This partnership, supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, provides direct financial contributions to local walking groups to help with organising group walks, encouraging people to get out walking, helping to clear and improve footpaths, providing equipment to help walkers etc. Now our group can benefit directly. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays operate group walking holidays in the UK and all around the world. Holidays are graded in terms of difficulty, and there is a full range from sightseeing right up to hut-to-hut mountain treks. Take a look at their website on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or give them a call on 01707 331133 for more details or to order a brochure. Remember when you book to quote the name of our group, and we will then receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. This extra funding could really make a difference to us! For more details, visit The Walking Partnership website at www.thewalkingpartnership.org.uk.