For years now, campaigners have called for more spending on cycling and active travel. Today, suddenly, all their dreams came true at once. As a result of Covid-19, walking and cycling in the towns and cities in Scotland should now become easier. It will be necessary for people to have an alternative to getting on a bus – and the days of those overcrowded buses are possibly over for the time being at least. The Scottish Government is now offering 100 per cent funding for local authorities to put pop up cycle lanes and wider walkways in place, up to a total of £10 million. This will be administered by Sustrans, and councils will be able to use existing emergency powers to reallocate space on roads.
Edinburgh Reporter 28th April 2020 read more »
TEMPORARY walking and cycling routes are set to pop-up across Scotland in a bid to improve social distancing while Scots are now being advised to wear face coverings in “enclosed spaces”. The Scottish Government has announced £10 million of funding for local authorities to provide “pop-up walking and cycling routes” to ensure pedestrians and peddlers have more space to get about amid social distancing restrictions.
Herald 28th April 2020 read more »
Cycling is booming during coronavirus – let’s keep it that way. Cities like Paris and Milan are learning lessons from Wuhan and embracing the bicycle as a serious mode of transport in an effort to keep air pollution from returning to pre-lockdown levels. Paris is building 650km of pop-up “corona bike lanes” from 11 May when lockdown starts to lift; Milan is expanding its cycling provision over the summer. Bogota and New York City have also rapidly expanded their cycling networks during the crisis, and may well look to make them permanent once it has passed.
Independent 27th April 2020 read more »
The owner of Northern Ireland bus manufacturer Wrightbus has unveiled a vision to put 3,000 hydrogen-powered bus into operation across key UK cities in a bid to reduce air pollution and spur job growth.
Edie 28th April 2020 read more »