Cycle lanes everywhere?
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Images of cyclists in their hundreds, on 'normally' car jammed streets is one of the few good things to come from COVID19. There is a multitude of celebrations about how we might keep this going once 'restart' has begun.
Councils have been tasked with Emergency road closures, widening of footways and the creation of new pop-up cycleways to try and support continuing active travel as the country attempts to get back to work (and shopping). Given road restrictions, the struggle with social distancing on public transport and the current Prime Minister saying drive your car, bikes are going to be the fastest way of getting around cities like London, Manchester, and Birmingham.
Encouraged by the £2bn long-term package to put cycling and walking at the heart of our transport policy many local authorities are already rolling out measures to make it harder for vehicles to access dense urban areas.
We might be cynical and tired, but there's no-one that can say they've heard all this before. Let alone seen this all before. It's very very hard to say what's going to happen over the next few months and years. How much will society really have changed once we're back fully to what we used to do? If it's simpy that a large number of people remembered that riding a bike was actually a good thing to do, then perhaps we can call that at least a modest win.
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