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Making our roads and paths better for a Covid-19 world – your ideas needed NOW!

July 27, 2020 1:30 PM

Making our roads and paths better for a Covid-19 world - your ideas needed NOW!

During lockdown more people were walking and cycling while roads were quieter. Now that traffic is increasing again, the Government has asked Derby to help make it easier for people to continue to walk and cycle more, while continuing to social distance.

A month or so ago it was normal for people to step into the road to pass others where pavements were too narrow, and cyclists could pull out from the kerb to pass pedestrians. With traffic building to more normal levels these things are harder to do safely. What needs to change?

The Council is putting together a list of actions it might take to help. Councillors are being asked to help gather ideas. What might help in your area? Most of the money is for physical changes - and these can be either temporary or permanent.

Think about journeys you make on foot or by bicycle - or would like to. What could make them easier, and safer?

What might help people walk children to school, to go shopping or to visit friends nearby? How might people be encouraged to cycle for slightly longer journeys, say into town or to work?

Would you like roads to be a bit quieter, as they were in lockdown, when it was quiet enough to have conversations with neighbours across the street? How might this be achieved?

Ideas can be big, like "no parking on pavements anywhere in the city", or very local, such as "my street only has a pavement on one side and is busy with through traffic, could it be closed at one end?"

'Experimental Traffic Orders' will tell people what is happening. These can become permanent or end, depending on whether people think they work or not. Many changes will be done with temporary barriers and signs, or maybe a bit more attractively with planters or other such obstacles.

You can add ideas on 'https://www.widenmypath.com/' or do talk to one of your councillors.

The deadline for suggestions is 31st July as the Council must send its list in by 7th August. So please get thinking and let us know what you come up with!

Thank you.

There's more information on the Government website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reallocating-road-space-in-response-to-covid-19-statutory-guidance-for-local-authorities/traffic-management-act-2004-network-management-in-response-to-covid-19