As the UK lockdown heads into its second phase, Mayor of London’s walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman outlines how London could adapt to enable socially-distanced travel. With London’s public transport capacity potentially running at a fifth of pre-crisis levels, up to eight million journeys a day will need to be made by other means. If people switch only a fraction of these journeys to cars, London will grind to a halt. Essential deliveries and emergency services will be stuck in gridlock and Londoners will once again be exposed to toxic traffic fumes and rising levels of road danger. Our city’s economic recovery will be choked off. We need to come out of this crisis in a radically different way. At City Hall and TfL we are working on a radical solution – the Mayor’s Streetspace Plan, which will fast track the transformation of London’s streets to enable millions more people to safely walk and cycle as part of their daily journeys. These changes, unparalleled in a city London’s size, will be designed to serve the unprecedented levels of walking and cycling that we expect to see following the end of the lockdown. Some early modelling by TfL has revealed there could be a more than ten-fold increase in kilometres cycled, and up to five times the amount of walking, compared to pre-COVID levels if demand returns.
Bike Biz 1st May 2020 read more »
For commuters who cannot imagine squeezing onto a train, Tube or bus ever again, yet still want to get to the office in comfort, wearing their work outfit, and not out of breath, there is an alternative — but it is illegal. Britain is the last big country in Europe where electric scooters are banned from public roads. Now could be the moment for their reinvention from urban nuisance to a cheap and nifty solution to the problem of social distancing on the daily commute. One retailer has said more than 400,000 e-scooters could be on the road within 18 months if they were legalised. At present they may be ridden only on private land.
Times 3rd May 2020 read more »