Barriers closed a stretch of Deansgate, Manchester’s main thoroughfare, to motor vehicles on Saturday. Elsewhere in the city, new pedestrian walkways and pop-up bike lanes have appeared. It is part of a nationwide effort to create more space for social distancing as the country gradually begins to lift the coronavirus restrictions. Glasgow, Leicester, York and Brighton have also created new space for walking or cycling this week. And dozens more UK towns and cities plan to do so. On Friday, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he would be shutting some of the busiest roads in the city.
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As Britain tentatively returns to work, there were as many as 179,000 additional daily journeys by bike in Greater Manchester, compared with pre-lockdown levels. If the cyclists had taken public transport instead, without maintaining social distancing, they would have filled 844 of the city’s distinctive trams or 1,826 double-decker buses. Had they driven, they would have produced a line of cars 400 miles long. The capital is set for a similar shift. On Friday, Sadiq Khan, the mayor, announced that key routes in central London are to be made car-free to enable physical distancing and to avoid a second wave of infections. He also announced the temporary suspension of free peak-time travel for holders of Freedom Pass and 60-plus cards as well as for under-18s. Eligible children will still be able to travel to school for free, however.
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