The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and TfL have today unveiled their ‘London Streetspace’ programme which will rapidly transform London’s streets to accommodate a possible ten-fold increase in cycling and five-fold increase in walking when lockdown restrictions are eased. With London’s public transport capacity potentially running at a fifth of pre-crisis levels, millions of journeys a day will need to be made by other means. If people switch only a fraction of these journeys to cars, London risks grinding to a halt, air quality will worsen, and road danger will increase.
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The London mayor signalled a long-term shift away from the car in the capital yesterday as he announced plans for a tenfold increase in cycling. Sadiq Khan said that a new programme of traffic-free roads, dedicated cycle lanes and wider pavements would be introduced to promote green travel. He said that London’s streets would be repurposed initially to allow more people to exercise and travel while maintaining social distancing. However, it was announced that the temporary schemes would be reviewed and could be turned into a permanent feature. In the long term they could lead to a tenfold rise in cycling in London and a fivefold rise in walking, it was claimed. A new analysis published yesterday showed that at least 30 separate schemes have been introduced by councils over the past month to give pedestrians and cyclists more road space. The research by Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, shows that measures have been implemented by councils including Brighton & Hove, Leicester, Manchester, Portsmouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, York and at least seven London boroughs. Changes include using plant containers or bollards to close streets completely to vehicles, creating temporary cycle lanes separated from cars, widening footpaths and reducing speed limits.
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Scientists have designed a new kind of jet engine that could fly planes halfway around the world without emitting fossil fuels. The prototype, dreamed up by engineers at Wuhan University in China, relies on thrusters powered by compressed air and electricity to create zero carbon flight.
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Fear of catching coronavirus on public transport has helped lead to a boom in cycle-to-work schemes. The schemes saw a 200% increase in bicycle orders from people working for emergency services. Demand for more mobility and exercise amid lifestyle changes imposed by the lockdown has also boosted bike sales across the UK. “Very strong” bicycle sales at bike and car parts chain Halfords this week saw its shares soar by 23%. Some bike stores are battling to meet demand. Broadrib Cycles in Bicester normally despatches 20-30 bikes a week, but manager Stuart Taylor says the shop is currently selling 50 bikes every day – and seeing a commensurate rise in demand for servicing.
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