Call for more car-free streets in Haringey

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Car-free streets should be introduced in Haringey to allow walkers and cyclists to socially distance themselves during the closure of the coronavirus, opposition counselors said.

Liberal Democrat advisers Cllr Nick da Costa and Cllr Luke Cawley-Harrison urged the Haringey Council to take advantage of a recent change in government regulations that make it easier to close streets for cars.

This comes after the announcement of similar plans in response to the coronavirus crisis in Brighton and the Italian city of Milan.

While traffic has dropped dramatically after the coronavirus was locked, more people have started running, walking and biking as a daily exercise.

But narrow sidewalks in some areas can make it difficult to stay two meters apart while participating in these activities.

On Tuesday, April 21, the Ministry of Transport published temporary directives facilitating the establishment of pedestrian streets by the municipalities.

In a letter to environment and sustainability cabinet member Cllr Kirsten Hearn, Lib Dem advisers say they believe Haringey residents “would welcome measures to make walking and cycling safer and more enjoyable” “

They add: “If Haringey takes advantage of this opportunity, it would be a welcome release for our residents who may not have access to the gardens for exercise but are concerned that the sidewalks are too narrow for walking or running, or roads too dangerous to cycle while maintaining social distance.

“We would love to have the opportunity to discuss how we can get there urgently and recommend that we consider public suggestions on roads which should be temporarily closed to cars and open to pedestrians and cyclists during the pandemic. . “

Cllr Kirsten Hearn, member of the Cabinet for Climate Change and Sustainability, said: “I share concerns about the use of street space to provide social distance and provide safer and cleaner opportunities for the cycling and walking. We have explored the possibilities of increasing the capacity of pedestrians in commercial areas.

“However, any decision must be weighed against essential travel requirements during this period, including for critical workers, emergency vehicles, public transportation, deliveries and loading activities.

“We are continuing to work on a framework that will define the types of permanent interventions that the council could do to improve walking and cycling in the borough so that we not only consider the immediate situation but also in the longer term.”



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