Coronavirus-free areas in London, Manchester and Brighton


Car-free zones for coronaviruses are being introduced in Brighton and London, as cyclists and pedestrians have already obtained exclusive access to a road from Manchester.

The decision to allow people to socialize comes after a charity boss said that people trying to keep two meters away had shown how small some of the UK pedestrian routes were .

Boards plan to close entire streets to prevent them from turning into rat tracks for vehicles.

Cyclists in Hackney, East London (photo), may soon have whole roads without cars

Cyclists in Hackney, East London (photo), may soon have whole roads without cars

Brighton (photo) also offers car-free zones to allow people to exercise while distancing themselves

Brighton (photo) also offers car-free areas for people to exercise while being socially distanced

London, Manchester and Brighton were among the first to propose the conversion of roads into temporary cycle paths.

During the lockout, there was a sharp drop in the number of vehicles on the road, with a drop of up to 75%, reports the Times.

Stephen Edwards, director of policy and communications for Living Streets, a charity that promotes walking, says the pandemic shows how much space is given to cars rather than pedestrians and cyclists.

He says that trying to keep two meters apart has revealed that many of the UK’s pedestrian routes are too narrow and that this is already a problem for people who use wheelchairs and strollers before the epidemic.

Tib Street in central Manchester is already closed to cars and two temporary cycles or racing lines have been created.

The Hackney Council in East London plans to use plants and bollards on certain streets to create cycle lanes, but says it will keep access to emergency vehicles.

Brighton has also confirmed its intention to introduce car-free streets similar to those in Berlin, Mexico City and Bogota.

Motorists were caught driving at “extreme speeds” over the Easter weekend with a driver timed at 151 mph.

Metropolitan police also caught a driver traveling at 97 mph in an area of ​​40 and four drivers exceeding 100 mph on the A13.

Detective Sergeant Andy Cox, Scotland Yard’s chief traffic police officer, has released video footage of an M1 chase where speeds have reached more than double the speed limit.

He said: “Extreme speeds this weekend in #London. A lot imposed, including 97 mph (40) on # A10.

“This driver reached 151 mph on # M1 before decamping the car and running away on foot. We will do our best to identify and take action. “

Drivers took advantage of quieter roads, with four in ten cars exceeding the speed limit in Greater Manchester, said Mayor Andy Burnham last week.

The mayor of the region said the figures indicate a large expected decrease in the number of vehicles on the road, but the number of speeding motorists has doubled.

Meanwhile, two other police said they saw an increase in speed and warned motorists not to drive irresponsibly during travel restrictions.

North Wales police caught a driver traveling at 113 mph on the A55 at Northop and another at 101 mph on the A5 near Corwen, while North Yorkshire police said a BMW was timed moving at 132 mph on the A168 at Asenby, near Thirsk.


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