Bradford Council is planning to introduce measures to support social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has been looking at a range of proposals including temporarily widening pavements and cycle lanes to help people maintain two metres social distance as they shop, walk or cycle around the district, improving crossings for pedestrians, and reducing bottlenecks and slowing vehicle speeds to make the roads safer for cyclists and walkers.
Over the next couple of weeks a first round of measures will be introduced as part of the Council’s response to this challenge:
These initial measures are likely to be followed by additional ideas to help maintain and increase levels of walking and cycling when the lockdown eases.
The council is working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and local interest groups to develop the plans.
Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning & Transport, said: “We don't know how long social distancing will be necessary but we do know that in some locations there isn’t enough space to maintain the recommended two-metre distance. People must be able to walk and cycle safely, whether it's to get to work, for exercise or essential trips to the shops.
“Some of the immediate measures we are announcing today are temporary but where appropriate may become permanent. They will not only help us to emerge stronger out of lockdown but they will also demonstrate the ways in which prioritising sustainable transport, where possible, can contribute to improving the health of our citizens and reducing the district’s carbon footprint in the years to come, in line with our Climate Emergency pledge. People are seeing the benefits of a less car dominated society during lockdown and we want to encourage that.
“We will also be pressing the Government for a COVID-19 response fund to help councils such as Bradford implement these types of measures, as well as asking for a further relaxation of the processes required to promote temporary and permanent Traffic Regulation Orders.
“We will also call on the Department for Transport to provide guidance on sign and road marking designs which can be used on the roads to help maintain social distancing measures, together with granting authorities outside London appropriate enforcement powers to maintain measures and deal with people who do not comply with these new arrangements.”
The council and its partners are working on a range of projects to support sustainable transport, such as its 20mph zone roll-out, Transforming Cities programme, reopening Queensbury Tunnel, Shipley Streets for People, and City Village and wider redevelopment of Bradford city centre’s ‘top of town’ area.
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