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UK public encouraged to do more cycling

The UK government plans to reduce the demand for public transport as part of the social distancing measures. To help fight the coronavirus pandemic the public should take up cycling and walking. The government will provide a whopping £2bn to make this happen. They will create pop-up bike lanes, safer junctions, cycle and bus-only corridors and wider pavements within a few weeks. Moreover, there will be vouchers available to help people pay for their bike repairs.

“During this crisis, millions of people have discovered cycling,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. “Whether for exercise or as a means of safe, socially distanced transport. While there is no change to the ‘stay at home’ message today, when the country does get back to work we need those people to stay on their bikes and be joined by many more.

A commuter cyclist rides along residential streets that make up the Cycle Superhighway 1 route in Hackney. © Joe Dunckley / Alamy / Alamy / Profimedia

“Otherwise, with public transport’s capacity severely restricted at this time, our trains and buses could become overcrowded and our roads gridlocked – holding up emergency services, critical workers and vital supplies. We know cars will continue to remain vital for many, but as we look to the future we must build a better country with greener travel habits, cleaner air and healthier communities.”

A campaign with Team Ineos’ stars Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas has also been launched. The Tour de France winners say to the viewers to #GetPedalling.

Do you think it will work? Let us know.

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