Across the UK local authorities have been responding to the pandemic by improving our streets for walking and cycling.
There is more to do and with the release of the Emergency Active Travel Fund in England, now is a good time to urge your council to make temporary and permanent changes to your local area.
Our Rachel and Matthew discuss examples of how councils have reacted to the outbreak to make streets safer for walking and cycling, and look at ways we can keep momentum.
Closure of Madeira Road on the city's seafront was one of the first high-profile interventions in Britain.
We caught up with Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning & Transport, about the measures introduced in the Welsh capital.
Edinburgh has benefitted from the £10M fund given by Scottish Government to help local authorities in Scotland. In Edinburgh this will result in road lane closures and the implementation of temporary cycle lanes.
London has seen the launch of Streetspace – a campaign by the Mayor to widen pavements across the city. The idea is this will accommodate a possible ten-fold increase in cycling and five-fold increase in walking when lockdown restrictions are eased. Low-traffic neighbourhoods will be created across London to enable more people to walk and cycle as part of their daily routine too. Hackney Council has already implemented widening of pavements in key locations in the borough.
Sheffield The Mayor of Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis and Active Travel Commissioner Dame Sarah Storey have asked for flexibility in funding, to allow South Yorkshire to use the £166million allocated to the region through the Transforming Cities Fund to be used to make space for walking and cycling quickly during the pandemic.
Leicester has introduced temporary cycle lanes and traffic lights have been altered to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.
Bradford is reducing speed limits in town centres to 20mph, widening footways, Widening of non-segregated cycle lanes on roads, Pedestrian crossings have been modified to automatically provide a ‘green man’ crossing signal without the need for people to push the call button. Working in partnership with Capital of Cycling to loan bicycles to key workers and hiring a ‘Cycling and Active Travel Champion’ officer.