In the last few months towns and cities around the world have experimented with closing roads, expanding pavements and pop-up cycle lanes. Does this offer a vision of a better way of using space on our streets? Greater Manchester walking and cycling supremo Chris Boardman talks us through what’s happened in the region and their plans for the future. And former New York transport commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan explains why this is an important moment to rethink our approach to getting around.
Cheerful Podcasts 28th July 2020 read more »
‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’: PM unveils plan for cycling and walking ‘revolution’.
Business Green 28th July 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson’s ‘golden age of cycling’ vision welcomed by campaigners and green groups, but ‘£2bn not enough’
Independent 28th July 2020 read more »
Mr Johnson has set out proposals to equalise the lopsided balance of power between motorists and cyclists, for whom an active, greener commute too often means a potentially lethal one. Some £2 billion of money will be spent on thousands of miles of protected cycle routes in towns and cities, regulated by an Ofsted-style watchdog, to ensure new bike lanes are more than mere licks of paint. London’s “mini-Hollands”, low-traffic neighbourhoods designed to calm traffic and put cyclists and pedestrians first, will be replicated across the country. Residents with streets blighted by rat-runners could get the right to ban cars from their neighbourhoods and outside schools, while there will no longer be such a thing as a one-way street for cyclists. Lorries, meanwhile, face tougher safety standards and bans from city centres, and councils will have the power to fine motorists who fail to get the memo.
Times 29th July 2020 read more »