Cities around the world are already planning for life after Covid-19, with a series of environmental initiatives being rolled out from Bogotá to Barcelona to ensure public safety and bolster the fight against climate breakdown. Mayors from cities in Europe, the US and Africa held talks this week to coordinate their efforts to support a low-carbon, sustainable recovery from the crisis as national governments begin to implement huge economic stimulus packages. Many cities have already announced measures, from hundreds of miles of new bike lanes in Milan and Mexico City to widening pavements and pedestrianising neighbourhoods in New York and Seattle. The initiatives are designed to allow people to move around urban spaces safely in a world where physical distancing will be the norm for the foreseeable future – and do so without sparking a drastic increase in air pollution.
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France is to pump €20m (£17m) into wooing citizens to get on their bikes to keep pollution levels down after lockdown is lifted starting on May 11. Under the scheme everyone will be eligible for bike repairs of up to €50 at registered mechanics. The funding will also help pay for cycle training and temporary parking spaces. Paris’ Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo this week insisted there was no way the French capital would return to its car-clogged past. Pollution levels have plummeted since nationwide confinement started on March 17. On Thursday, she announced that one of Paris’ busiest roads, the rue de Rivoli that runs past the town hall and Louvre museum, would be shut to cars during lockdown.
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