Emergency Transport Planning Offer
by Lucy Marstrand
Not since pre-war times have so many households and families been out together jogging, walking and cycling. Motor traffic is down to 1955 levels.
With less congestion comes more speeding and higher levels of road danger. Some are scared to cycle on roads so they end up using the foot way – making social distancing difficult. Now is an opportune moment to take action, to make walking and cycling viable for all.
While we may want to get back to most aspects of pre-Covid19 life, many prefer living with quieter, more pleasant streets where you can hear the noise of birds not cars. We need to avoid a resurgence of driving after lock down (as seen in Wuhan) as people avoid public transport. Motor traffic means air pollution which is linked to higher coronavirus mortality rates. Electric vehicles don’t help as particulate matter comes from brakes and tyres.
So the race is on.
Walking and cycling are now the best candidates for personal travel; they allow physical distancing and don’t exacerbate coronavirus mortality rates.
How can we make walking and cycling viable in our cities?
Milan is fending off the anticipated resurgence in car use with ambitious schemes reallocating space to walking and cycling on 35 km of streets. The Scottish government has announced £10 million for pop-up walking and cycling routes and improvements. Brighton has closed main roads to protect people walking and cycling. In London, Hackney Council has taken the initiative to implement trial road closures. And Lambeth is planning for safe, essential journeys.
To help keep people safe and allow social-distancing there are quick, temporary measures that authorities can implement; widening foot ways, trial modal filters, hands-free signal controls and temporary cycling infrastructure. The DfT has made advertising the necessary traffic orders slightly easier.
Please contact us if you want to take emergency transport action, and fall under one of the following categories:
- You work for an authority and would like assistance on the best way to implement safe walking and cycling measures
- You work for an authority and want to plan walking and cycling and traffic reduction for now and longer term
- You work for a London Borough, are waiting to hear the outcome of your Liveable Neighbourhood bid, and would like to take action in the interim.
We can provide advice, planning guidance, design and enforcement for emergency transport measures.