The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to overhaul the city’s streets to encourage more people to walk and cycle when the lockdown is eased.
Khan’s London ‘Streetspace’ initiative paves the way for the rapid construction of a temporary cycling network to give commuters an alternative to public transport, which will have less capacity after the lockdown as the public maintains a distance of two metres apart, in accordance with guidelines to the prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The initiative also promises to transform town centres:
making pavements wider to allow people to socially distance and queue for shops,
and to create new low-traffic neighbourhoods so people feel more confident walking and cycling in the suburbs.