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​Have your (online) say and improve walking and cycling opportunities

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​Have your (online) say and improve walking and cycling opportunities

Residents are invited to join Bury Council at its first online Community Walking and Cycling Forum on Wednesday 14 October.

The health and wellbeing team is inviting Bury people, employees, schools and colleges to join in this quarterly open forum and to work together to design a solution which will help shape a brighter, healthier future for Bury.

Councillor Charlotte Morris, deputy cabinet member for public health, said: “Our vision is to increase the number of people (of all ages) walking, cycling and moving more in Bury, which contributes towards the Bury Moving Vision of getting 75% of the Bury population moving more by 2025 and supports climate targets for improved air quality and reduced CO2 emissions produced by traffic and travel in Bury. So whether you’re a keen walker or cyclist, someone who’s become more active in lockdown or if you’re not active but would like to make a difference in getting your community moving, please come along to this first meeting and get involved.”

And Cllr Clare Walsh, deputy cabinet member for health and wellbeing, added: “This is a great opportunity for local residents across all our communities to have their say and let us know how we can help them to become more active through walking and cycling in Bury. We understand that often there are underpinning reasons why people may choose not to engage in walking and cycling for travel or pleasure, but if we can identify what those barriers are then we can work together to address the real needs of our communities so that walking and cycling can become part of everyone’s everyday lives, meaning everyone’s health and wellbeing can benefit from it too.

“I have only started cycling a few weeks ago myself, having borrowed a bike, and while I have enjoyed riding and getting about more by bike I am also beginning to appreciate first-hand where we could make our streets and towns more cycle friendly. For me this is very much a journey I will be taking with you.”

To book your place on the Bury Walking and Cycling Forum, go to https://burywalkingandcyclingforum.eventbrite.co.uk

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Press release issued: 6 October 2020.

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Bury Council consists of six towns, Bury, Ramsbottom, Tottington, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. Formed in April 1974 as a result of Local Government re-organisation it was one of the ten original districts that formed the County of Greater Manchester. The Borough has an area of 9,919 hectares (24,511 acres) and serves a population of 187,500.

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