Laura Sharman 05 June 2020

Majority of pavements are too narrow for social distancing, analysis reveals

A new map has revealed that 70% of pavements are not wide enough for social distancing.

The spatial analysis by Esri UK shows that only 30% of pavements across the UK are at least three metres side. A third (34%) are less than two metres wide, according to the data.

The map is being offered for free to local authorities to help them adapt their infrastructure to make walker safer for the public.

Paul Clarke, head of Esri UK’s Government practice, said: 'The pavement map is designed to help local authorities and related organisations prioritise their efforts, to ensure the safety of the public, as lockdown restrictions are being gradually eased.

'By giving them an instant view of the situation they’re faced with, the map reduces the time needed to manually measure pavements and not rely on records which may be out of date. Easy access to current pavement width data will help all councils make faster decisions with greater certainty and ensure walking is as safe as possible.'

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