Why making more space to walk, wheel and cycle matters
The Covid-19 pandemic created an urgency to change the way we move around in our towns and cities.
Local authorities across the UK are creating more space for people to walk, cycle and wheel in, to make them safer and reduce car use.
These changes are currently temporary and local authorities will be consulting local communities with a view to improving them and making them permanent.
In our series of ‘Streets for everyone’ videos, businesses and residents in major towns and cities share their views on the recent street changes and why they matter.
Through Spaces for People funding, Kelvin Way has been closed to vehicular traffic.
This has created vital space for people to walk, cycle and wheel, and opportunities to stay active during lockdown.
During the pandemic, Manchester City Council created a temporary safe space for people to walk and cycle along one half of Deansgate, the city’s main shopping street.
It was initially closed to all motorised traffic and has recently opened again for buses.
We spoke to business owners and shoppers about their views on the changes.
In response to Covid-19, Cardiff Council reallocated road space on Castle street and Wellfield road.
We spoke to local businesses to see what they think of the changes.Watch the video on YouTube
During the pandemic, Southampton City Council pedestrianised part of Bedford Place; offering extra space for outdoor dining and for social distancing.
So we spoke to local residents and businesses to see what they think of the changes.
In response to Covid-19, Northern Ireland’s Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced a number of infrastructure improvements.
These improvements are designed to enable safer social distancing and for key workers to travel more safely.
So we interviewed local business leaders and residents about the Dublin road cycle lane to see what they think about it.
Tower Hamlets Council have introduced a fantastic permanent scheme on Old Bethnal Green Road as part of their wider Liveable Streets programme.
We spoke to local residents and people from Tower Hamlets Council about the scheme and how it has affected their experience of the street.
Organisations like Sustrans are here to help and share our expertise with local authorities.
We can support you to engage with communities. And we can offer help when putting schemes in place.