Streets for People

Close some streets (or part of streets eg one carriageway) within our towns and cities to vehicles - clearly only where this is practically possible and there are alternative vehicular routes or access arrangments. This can allow more people of all ages on to these streets to exercise, maintaining social distance, helping creating a cleaner, safer environment to exercise, potentially foster a greater sense of community and place, and increase cycling/pedestrian movement. Where possible, a network of these streets could be created so that people can move around extensivley and safely as part of their exercise or journey to work.

Why the contribution is important

Currently, we need people to move around safely and within space so that social distancing measures can take place - either for work or exercise - important for mental well being, local services or the wider economic growth. Looking beyond lockdown, and to the future, we will be able to see places in our towns that are cleaner, greener, used by people and not vehicles, enhancing our heath, well being and sense of community. The lockdown has improved our air quality, made people walk and cycle more, which are indirect benefits to this crisis. We should build on this for the future.

by ECEC on May 08, 2020 at 07:21AM

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Comments

  • Posted by seventyplus May 08, 2020 at 10:51

    Another good idea that could be beneficial in the long term, as part of a movement towards more habitable cities.
  • Posted by mdz999 May 08, 2020 at 11:30

    Agree completely. I would include a ban on parking on pavements, and as well as a network of streets, including residential streets, prioritise partially closing shopping streets to traffic. Some longer term good has to come from this.
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