Parking spaces and traffic lanes to vanish in London to encourage walking and cycling

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Parking spaces and traffic lanes will vanish in a radical shake-up of London’s street map to encourage walking and cycling post-lockdown, London’s City Hall announced today.

Officials want millions of Londoners to abandon public transport and private cars in a bid to stop buses and trains being swamped.

Pavements will be widened to allow pedestrians and people queuing at shops to obey social distancing rules.

New temporary bikes lanes are to be fast-tracked, lower speed limits will be imposed and some streets will be closed to traffic. City Hall said the emergency measures could become permanent.

The capacity of our public transport will be dramatically reduced post-coronavirus as a result of the huge challenges we face around social distancing.

Everyone who can work from home must continue to do so for some time to come.

Speaking of the announcement, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, Said: Many Londoners have rediscovered the joys of walking and cycling during lockdown and by quickly and cheaply widening pavements, creating temporary cycle lanes and closing roads to through traffic we will enable millions more people to change the way they get around our city.