Event review: TfGM co-invest in CLOCS - Fri 18 Oct 2019 - Manchester
31 Oct 2019
The event on the 18th of October was a significant milestone for the CLOCS programme as we announced Transport for Greater Manchester’s co-investment and plans for wider implementation of CLOCS across the city region.
CLOCS supports Greater Manchester’s ‘Made to Move’ policy which is encouraging more cyclists and pedestrians to take to the streets. TfGM are leading the march of CLOCS to all major cities. Simon Warburton, Transport Strategy Director at TfGM and conference chair, explained how TfGM have already experienced the benefits of implementation on their own projects and can drive wider adoption with confidence. This injection of energy and resource will accelerate implementation of the CLOCS Standard, ensuring community safety against a backdrop of extensive construction activity being planned and delivered across Greater Manchester.
Hosted by CLOCS Champion, the University of Manchester, the event attracted over 130 delegates from a mix of planners, clients and principal contractors keen to understand the impact on their businesses. They heard about the benefits and challenges of implementing CLOCS and were provided with information to understand the need for action. Thanks to City of London, University of Manchester, Willmott Dixon and Murphy Group for sharing their experience.
Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman (keynote speaker) said: “At 1800 miles, our Bee Network will give all GM residents an easy, attractive and safe alternative to driving. It is the largest scheme of its kind in the UK and will take 10yrs to deliver but when complete it will make Greater Manchester a greener, healthier and happier place to live and work. This partnership between CLOCS and Greater Manchester is incredibly important in making sure that as we progress, safety is top priority at every stage of the process.”
The University of Manchester’s annual ‘Sharing the Roads Safely’ activity, designed to engage students and the local community, ran alongside the CLOCS conference. This provided an opportunity for delegates to also participate in Exchanging Places and view vehicles with some the most progressive safety equipment on the market. Thanks to CLOCS Champion Murphy Group for making all the arrangements.
The CLOCS team is looking for ‘torchbearers’ in other parts of the country. We’ve identified the following cities as key targets:
Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading and Brighton
Help us take action:
We need introductions to key influencers to help us explain how CLOCS offers solutions to so many issues created by the construction activity resulting for high demand for development and regeneration. If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch Chris Boardman talk about CLOCS in Greater Manchester here: