Cycling is an ideal form of transport for many key workers and for essential journeys during the Coronavirus emergency, because of its convenience, health benefits, and ease of social distancing.
Our campaigning may have slowed down in these unusual times, but we’ve been among the large numbers of people taking to Epping Forest’s newly quiet roads for our daily exercise. It’s been heartening to see so many bikes about, especially families with children, and it reinforces our view that, with the right infrastructure, cycling can become a top choice for people needing to get around in Epping Forest district.
Despite the disruption caused to everyone’s work and personal lives, we have been maintaining dialogue with key individuals at Essex County Council and elsewhere, making sure that the slow wheels of bureaucracy keep moving, at least a little!
Elsewhere, The Guardian reported this month that road markings are being redrawn in Germany to give cyclists more space to social distance in response to COVID-19 and the drop in motor traffic it has generated. Some roads are seeing a small minority of people driving at speed or dangerously, and now more than ever we need to keep cyclists and pedestrians away from hospitals to protect the NHS.
The London Cycling Campaign are calling for urgent action from the capital’s various highways authorities, and we think Essex County Council should be looking at emergency temporary measures, too.