Stephen Edwards, our Director of Policy and Communications, has been quoted in today’s Times report into the need to reallocate more road space to people walking and cycling during this lockdown. With more people #walkingfromhome, he elaborates on why this is needed now more than ever.
Cities worldwide are starting to reallocate road space temporarily to allow people to move more freely.
We need to be following their lead to ensure people can carry out their daily exercise at a safe distance from others and free from road danger.
It's encouraging to see councils in London, Manchester and Brighton taking the initiative, with filtered streets playing a big role.
Filtered neighbourhoods, banning cars from certain roads and tackling pavement parking can all help thin out overcrowded pavements and make our daily exercise easier and safer.
We also need lower speed limits to accommodate the fact that more people are being forced off the safety of the footpath and into the carriageway.
The COVID-19 lockdown is showing the improvements that can be made to air quality and road safety when we drive less.
When we emerge from the other side of this dreadful pandemic, government needs to consider how we can continue to live less car-centric lifestyles.
Dame Sarah Storey tells us what opportunities the lockdown has created for her family.
The brief moments when we're able to get out and go for a walk are shining a light on why this simple act is so valuable.