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Dame Sarah Storey replaces Chris Boardman as Greater Manchester active travel commissioner

Boardman left the role in January to head newly-launched government body Active Travel England

Britain's most successful Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey has been appointed Greater Manchester's new active travel commissioner.

Last week, the 17-time Paralympic gold medallist announced she would be stepping down as Sheffield's active travel commissioner in May, and today it was revealed she will be taking the Manchester role over from Chris Boardman.

Boardman left the role in January to head the newly-launched government body Active Travel England.

> Chris Boardman heads newly-launched government body Active Travel England

Speaking at Mayor Andy Burnham's 'New Era' event, Storey said she is happy to be "coming home" to Greater Manchester having held a similar role down the A57 in Sheffield.

 When appointed to the Sheffield role in 2019, Storey became the city's first active travel commissioner, and has championed cycling initiatives and road safety in the three years since.

In September, she joined South Yorkshire Police on a close pass operation which resulted in almost one in five drivers being pulled over.

> Dame Sarah Storey joins South Yorkshire Police on close pass operation – and almost one in five drivers get pulled over

Prior to leaving for the Active Travel England job, Boardman developed Manchester's Bee Network of active travel routes in his role as the city-region’s active travel commissioner and more recently its transport commissioner.

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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CygnusX1 | 2 years ago
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Congratulations to Dame Sarah Storey. I can't think of anyone better to take over from Sir Chris

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eburtthebike replied to CygnusX1 | 2 years ago
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CygnusX1 wrote:

Congratulations to Dame Sarah Storey. I can't think of anyone better to take over from Sir Chris

St Chris.

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