Along with other organisations, UK walking and cycling charity Sustrans has written to the Department for Transport to encourage local highway authorities to consider implementing temporary initiatives to enable safer walking and cycling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The open letter highlights the temporary infrastructure work taking place in towns and cities around the world to enable walking and cycling that adheres to social distancing guidance, during COVID-19.

“We have vast amounts of currently underused road space which can be temporarily reallocated at low cost,” states the letter. “This is becoming increasingly essential as key workers choose cycling or walking to get to work, avoiding potential transmission via public transport.”

It also states that post-lockdown, “A large proportion of the UK population will again be moving around towns and cities, but hesitant to use public transport where there is a greater risk of transmission.”

Read the open letter