I took Maria into Mancheser on the tram to try to find a coat (unsuccessful) and to see the In Town Without My Car event organised by Manchester and Salford City Councils. The event is fairly low-key for a city campaigning to be Britain’s greenest city and as last year they tried their best not to inconvenience motorists by hosting much of the event in a pedestrian area.
I was looking forward to the tram journey, and since replacing the 50 year old track the ride has vastly improved. It’s quieter, smoother and actually seems slower but I think that’s just due to the fact that the whole experience is a lot less violent than it used to be.
Maria enjoyed the event with stickers, chocolate and a pink Salford balloon (they seem to have taken fuscia as their colour over the last few years – even the wheelie bin lids are pink). The chocolate came from the Friends of the Earth stall which Jonathan, the co-ordinator of the Prestwich criticial commute, was hosting. I missed last month’s commute but was pleased to hear that despite my non-attendance the number last month had actually increased to 3. I’ve invited a friend along this month and although Jonathan will be on holiday it sounds like the number could increase further to 4 this month – from small acorns mighty oaks grow!