Walking

By investing in walking and complementing wider investment into infrastructure and localities, ‘GM Walking’ aims to create a social movement for walking that will help to reduce health care costs caused by physical inactivity and improve the overall health and wellbeing of our residents.

Walking Region Ambition

By investing in walking and complementing wider investment into infrastructure and localities, ‘GM Walking’ aims to create a social movement for walking that will help to reduce health care costs caused by physical inactivity and improve overall health and wellbeing of our residents.

How will we realise our ambition?

  • £2 million investment has come from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to support our aim to become the country’s first walking city-region.
  • We’ve committed to become the world’s first Daily Mile city-region, encouraging everyone regardless of age, ability or personal circumstance to get moving and run, jog or walk for 15 minutes every day. 43% of our schools are already involved, alongside nurseries, schools, universities and workplaces. 
  • Greater Manchester is investing in infrastructure too with Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman leading the introduction of more than 1,000 miles of new cycling and walking routes across our city-region through the Beeways Network. The funding matches levels seen in cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam, and will create the UK’s largest joined-up walking and cycling route network. 

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Walking Region Ambition Objectives

  • To develop a GM Walking campaign and network, co-designed to build links between stakeholders, strategies and the GM public
  • To pump-prime a social movement for walking, underpinned by empowering formal and informal walking, and mass walking events, driven from within local communities
  • To form a GM network of ‘walking champions’ across the system, made up of organisations, strategic bodies and community members, volunteers and buddies
  • To embed The Daily Mile and expand the concept across the life-course, in a variety of community and organisation settings, including workplaces
  • To co-create a range of digital tools, messages, incentive schemes and social media campaigns to support everyday walking
  • To develop tools and resources for cross sector workforces to raise awareness of benefits of and promote (brisk) walking.

Focus areas to help us reach our objectives;

  • Campaign
  • Workforce support
  • Walking festivals and events
  • GM Walking Voice
  • Empower Communities
  • Walking Champions
  • Utilising digital tools
  • The Daily Mile