Laura Sharman 24 April 2020

Councils urged to make cycling and walking safer during lockdown

Councils have been urged to implement new measures to make it easier for cyclists to abide by social distancing rules during lockdown.

Cycling UK said there are measures councils could put in place that are easy and cheap to set up. This includes using cones and planters to create temporary and wider cycling lanes, and closing residential streets to stop rat runs.

Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s head of campaigns, said: 'A small number of councils are leading the way across Britain, by being proactive in their measures against Covid-19.

'Introducing measures to make cycling and walking safer and social distancing easier is essential not just for right now, but also for the future when lockdown restrictions are relaxed.'

Dr Rachel Lee, policy and research manager at Living Streets, added: 'This pandemic is making us all realise how much public space is given over to individual car use rather than walking and cycling. Filtered neighbourhoods, banning cars from certain roads and tackling pavement parking can all help make our daily exercise easier and safer.'

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