A Manchester community-led project to make streets more people-friendly has been honoured with a national award.

‘chool streets” that are closed to traffic during school start and closing times – are just some of the proposed changes the project intends to make

The Levenshulme Bee Network project was named as the ‘Community Project of the Year’ at the 2019 Healthy Streets Summit.

The project, supported by Manchester City Council, aims to reduce traffic in the area by creating a cycling and walking-friendly neighbourhood.

Junction upgrades, parallel crossings, and traffic filters – such as “school streets” that are closed to traffic during school start and closing times – are just some of the proposed changes the project intends to make.

The project also aims to create a better looking and safer environment for residents and visitors of the area by adding more green spaces and improving access to community services.

The council’s executive member for the environment, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “We are delighted to support Levenshulme residents with the development of this important scheme, which will help to address concerns about air quality and safety for pedestrians and cyclists, while creating a more pleasant local environment for the whole community.

“Our long-term plan is to promote a number of these schemes across Manchester, to get more people walking and cycling. This will help reduce reliance on car travel for short trips, which will help us meet the city’s ambitious goal of becoming zero-carbon by 2038 at the latest.

“This is an inspiring example of a resident led, ground-up approach where local people are putting forward their ideas on how to tackle issues on their doorstep. By doing so, they are leading the way in terms of taking action to reduce emissions and tackle climate change.”

Greater Manchester Commissioner for Cycling and Walking, Chris Boardman said: “This project is an excellent example of what happens when residents lead the way and are given the opportunity to design their neighbourhood in a way that best serves their needs.

“With the support of the council, this project will enable local people to move around more easily and safely without cars, and that benefits everybody.”

The next stage of the community-led project is to ask local residents to share their thoughts on what improvements they would like to see made.

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