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Repurposing public space for active and social modes

After COVID-19, is it back to normal, or forward to better?

Juliana O'Rourke
06 May 2020
Brighton and Hove was one of the first authorities to re-allocate space from roads to active modes
Brighton and Hove was one of the first authorities to re-allocate space from roads to active modes
Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, plans to hand over swathes of its public space to hard-hit bar and restaurant owners so they can put their tables outdoors and still observe physical distancing rules
Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, plans to hand over swathes of its public space to hard-hit bar and restaurant owners so they can put their tables outdoors and still observe physical distancing rules

 

The past is a foreign country, we do things differently there. Or do we? With a sharp decline in traffic, repurposing urban space to allow for more walking and cycling during lockdowns has become a global activity. From Brighton to Bogota, cities are re-claiming space previously dedicated to vehicles. Most are re-allocating space from roads, but Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, has gone further by announcing plans to hand over swathes of its public space to hard-hit bar and restaurant owners...

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