22 May 2020
Green Party District Councillor, Matthew Bird calls on East Sussex County Council to follow government guidance and reallocate road space to walking and cycling as communities move to keep social distancing while shops and businesses re-open post COVID19
The Department for Transport has issued guidance for local councils to reallocate road space for walking and cycling 'as swiftly as possible'. With an allocation of £250 million, East Sussex County Council as the transport authority, is responsible for delivering the bulk of these measures.
Councillor Bird said, “With this money, we have a chance to rethink how we make cycling and walking safer with social distancing and to get more people on their bikes or walking, about how we improve access to our High Streets for people with disabilities, During the Covid-19 Crisis families have been able to cycle safely on quieter roads, many discovering the joys of a non-polluting and healthy form of transport for the first time. We need the right infrastructure to make this the new norm as our village streets and high streets re-open for business”
“We urge them to implement measures in consultation with our communities, with our cycling and walking groups and access and disability organisations.”
Measures which could be considered include widening pavements and the suspension of car parking on main routes through towns, extension and better enforcement of 20mph limits, cycling contraflows on some streets, and linking up existing cycle routes by changing priorities at junctions, better signage and safer crossings.