Made to Move Merseyside

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We all have the right to travel safely but when it comes to walking or cycling on Merseyside roads you or your child are more likely to be killed or injured than in any other area in the country.  In addition to this, traffic, a major cause of air pollution, is killing 725 people per year in the region.  It also causes ill health, linked to heart disease, stroke and cancer as well as asthma and other respiratory illness.

We challenge the current political administration in Merseyside to make our roads safer and healthier adopt the 15 point plan below and truly commit to transforming the region for those living within it.

It is unacceptable that politicians, officials and police ignore the appallingly unsafe and unhealthy road environment any longer.  We need to build our roads around people, communities and the desire to live without fear.

1.     Publish a detailed and ambitious, walking and cycling infrastructure plan in collaboration with districts and key stakeholders in 2019.

2.     Establish a ring-fenced, 10 year, £826,722 (Greater Manchester = £1.5 billion) infrastructure fund, starting with a short term LCR Mayor’s Active Streets and transforming cities Fund to kick-start delivery for walking and cycling. With over 386 (Greater Manchester = 700) miles of main corridors connecting across Liverpool City Region, this is the scale of the network we need to aim for.

3.     Taking a Vision Zero approach, ensure all upcoming public realm and infrastructure investments, alongside all related policy programmes, have walking and cycling integrated at the development stage.

4.     Deliver year on year reductions to the risk per kilometre travelled, by establishing a task force to improve safety on roads and junctions to take significant steps towards the adopted Vision Zero target.

5.     Develop a new, total highway design guide and sign up to the London Design Guide.  Designers must cycle the areas with new schemes and involve those who cycle regularly.

6.     Develop a mechanism to capture and share the value of future health benefits derived from changing how we travel.

7.     Work with industry to find alternatives to heavy freight and reduce excess lorry and van travel in urban areas including actively opposing the creation of a road through Rimrose Valley.

8.     Deliver temporary street improvements to trial new schemes for local communities.

9.     Partner with schools and local authorities to make cycling and walking the first choice for the school run, and take action on traffic and parking around schools including in cycle lanes.

10.  Call for devolved powers to enforce moving traffic offences, and develop strategies for reducing anti-social driving, through public spaces protection orders and enforcement against parking in cycle lanes.

11.  Prioritise investment based on the measurement of people movement, rather than motor-traffic, and integrate with a new street satisfaction index.

12.  Ensure local communities are engaged and supported in the development and use of new infrastructure and programmes.

13.  Deliver greater levels of public access to bikes across Liverpool City Region, working with the private sector and voluntary groups to deliver low cost and innovative solutions.

14.  Work with local businesses to help shape our new network and achieve a culture-shift on commuting.

15.  Launch our own version of a ‘Summer Streets’ festival, creating low car town and city centres to trial street closures on the network.