With physical distance becoming a normal part of daily life during the new coronavirus pandemic, a Vancouver consultant hopes that certain roads can be designated for shared use so that pedestrians can spread.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the Vancouver council is expected to hear a motion from the councilor. Lisa Dominato, asking city staff to identify roads that can be used safely by pedestrians, drivers and cyclists.
The motion also calls for staff to be responsible for disseminating information on how businesses can safely offer curbside pickups.
“The current pandemic requires the city to urgently reallocate road space now and develop plans for mobility and use of space as part of our post-COVID-19 recovery and our new economy” said Dominato’s motion.
This would not be the first time that roads have been set aside for pedestrians for safe use. Last month, the city closed eastbound lanes of Beach Avenue to vehicles, citing concerns of residents trying to physically distance themselves while exercising or getting outdoors.
In addition, Stanley Park is closed to traffic and cyclists are advised to use the roads rather than the dike.
A petition by Hub Cycling also called on cities in the Greater Vancouver area to create more space for cyclists and pedestrians during the COVID-19 crisis.
The council will meet virtually on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.