By Justin Rowlatt Published 16 May 2020 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Barriers closed a stretch of Deansgate, Manchester’s main thoroughfare, to motor vehicles on Saturday. Elsewhere in the city, new pedestrian walkways and pop-up bike lanes have appeared. It is part of a nationwide effort to create more space for social distancing as the country gradually begins to lift the coronavirus restrictions. Glasgow, Leicester, York and Brighton have also created new space for walking or cycling this week. And dozens more UK towns and cities plan to do so. On Friday, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he would be shutting some of the busiest roads in the city. Can coronavirus crisis spur a green recovery? Download the updated BBC Energy Briefing (10.4MB) (PDF, 10.4MB) Covid recovery plan ‘must tackle climate change’ No ‘single leap to freedom’, minister warns He said his plan to close large swathes of London to cars and vans would create one of the largest car-free areas of any city in the world. “Many Londoners have rediscovered the joys of walking and cycling during lockdown”, Mr Khan said. “By quickly and cheaply widening pavements, creating temporary cycle lanes and closing roads… Read full this story
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