Our aim

Develop more active and sustainable environments and communities through active design and infrastructure and support a transformational growth in active travel, through supporting population level behaviour change, system change and culture change.


Place is where people, location, assets and resources combine to create a sense of identity and purpose. A more joined-up, collaborative, participatory approach to design of infrastructure and local spaces enablers better outcomes for everyone and increased opportunities for people to shape their own lives.

What have we done?

Over the last 12 months, we collaborated with others to build a shared vision to promote active travel and environments and culture and policy change across the GM system. Our work has been extensive and varied. Yet at its core, we’ve focussed on our work with key partners to design, plan and hold conversations that promote the importance of a strong walking and cycling infrastructure to help the people of Greater Manchester keep moving

Together, we have:

  • Worked alongside Transport for Greater Manchester and other key partners to support engagement, advocacy and delivery of the Made to Move strategy, and widen access and participation of walking, cycling and wheeling in Greater Manchester.
  • Strengthened engagement and relationships with communities and equalities networks to co-design active travel activation programmes and infrastructure. This has helped us to inform vision and planning for more inclusive, accessible places and spaces, for example the Cycle and Stride Steering Group.
  • Gathered and shared good practice and expertise on planning policy and design making, working closely with our partners. This has included connecting with other organisations, stakeholders and groups in Greater Manchester who share our vision for creating sustainable places.
  • Worked with Sport England, Active Partnerships, and the Local Pilot to develop active travel strategies together, with shared investment to grow opportunities for engagement and participation in cycling, walking and active travel.
  • Collected insight and data to show how demographic, socio-economic and spatial inequalities prevent some people from living active lives.

Case study: Beswick and Clayton– 20 Minute Neighbourhood

We looked at developing a 20-minute neighbourhood (20MN) with One Manchester Housing Association in the Beswick and Clayton area. A 20MN sees everything you need in your daily life within a 20-minute round trip of your home by foot or cycle. This includes work, education, health, leisure, shopping and green space; however, we knew we needed collaboration across sectors and partners. 20MNs help to develop communities, improve health and help tackle inequalities by bringing amenities and resources directly to local communities.

Beswick and Clayton sit to the east of Manchester city centre, in the shadow of the Etihad Campus, home of Manchester City Football Club. We collaborated with One Manchester Housing Association on the development of an action plan both to help local residents to live healthier, more active lives and to connect the community. The idea of the 20MNis being considered as a way to achieve these aims.

We began the process looking at the needs of the local area and identifying gaps, based on the Melbourne, Australia model of what a 20MN should include. We contacted existing providers and community groups to help connect the local partners we needed to make the project successful. The Local Care Organisation and GP surgeries were the first to get involved and connect their local outreach work to the idea. They were followed by early years and education experts from the local Sure Start centres, who entered the mix with their understanding of the local schools and other age groups they are working with. We identified other programmes and partners with potentially supporting work streams, such as GM Walking, with its useful walking resources and training, and Transport for Greater Manchester, which is looking at how to connect Beswick and Clayton to the work going on across the wider area to develop and implement cycling infrastructure.

We recently added the Centre for Ageing Better to our partnership, tying in with the work of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and the adoption of an age-friendly neighbourhood approach within the area. Our aim is to enable people of all ages to live healthier and active lives, while still being able to take part in activities that they enjoy and contribute to the local community.

Further details

For further details of our Place work please contact Eve@gmmoving.co.uk.