Across Greater Manchester, there is a clear recognition of the importance of walking to population scale change in physical activity and there is widespread understanding of the critical role of walking - for leisure, for travel and for everyday activity.
Salford is committed to creating the conditions for people to choose to walk across the City and connect to other areas. The Active Lifestyles Team at Salford Community Leisure offer a range of community activities including led Wellbeing Walks, open to anyone, providing the whole community with the opportunity to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Many of these explore Salford’s blue and green spaces and link with Salford’s walking Trail.
Salford has also secured significant investment to extend its award-winning traffic-free network and connect to the wider Bee Network – Greater Manchester’s walking and cycling network.
GM Walking has given grants to nearly 90 local voluntary and community groups with the aim of getting Greater Manchester walking. They offered the grants to support a huge range of activities that encourage people who are usually less active to start or to increase the amount they regularly walk. Almost half of the successful applications were from organisations based in the most deprived 20% of the region.
They gave a total of £14,840 to five organisations across Salford, including to: