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How cities around the world are embracing the new normal

The Covid-19 crisis has offered the best chance to reshape the transport landscape since World War II. Here's how some cities are embracing the challenge

Milan announced that 35km (22 miles) of streets will be transformed over the summer, with a rapid, experimental citywide expansion of cycling and walking space to protect residents as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Brussels has given priority to cyclists and walkers across its central ‘Pentagon’ zone – encapsulated by its inner ring road – and imposed a 20kph speed limit for cars.

Berlin has widened its cycle lanes at the expense of roadspace for motorists to ensure cyclists can maintain safe social distancing. Car traffic is down by 40% and the new bike lanes are temporary, but many Berliners hope they are here to stay.  

In the Columbian city of Bogotá, city authorities extended the operation of the Sunday-only 76km ‘Ciclovia’ network to weekdays to make commuting by bike or on foot safer.

In Bristol, residents spontaneously created segregated runners’ lanes to ensure safe passage between pedestrians and joggers in accordance with social distancing rules.

Brighton City Council allocated Madeira Drive for the exclusive use of walkers and cyclists. The seafront thoroughfare will be closed to motor vehicles; Madeira Drive for its full length from the Palace Pier roundabout will be stewarded from 8am to 8pm daily so businesses have essential access to properties.

Read Mark Sutcliffe's full article on the changing transport landscape from Smart Transport Journal

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