TfL's Streetspace for London programme
Transport for London's (TfL) Streetspace for London plan is creating more space on streets so people can safely walk or cycle while social distancing. This will ease some of the pressure on public transport as the pandemic lockdown is lifted, as well as help prevent an increase in car use, and contribute towards keep London's air as clean as possible to protect everyone's health and tackle the climate emergency.
As lockdown continues to ease, more people are walking and cycling across London. Crowded pavements and cycle lanes make it difficult for people to social distance when they return to work.
What TfL is doing
TfL is working with London's boroughs to identify places where temporary changes are needed to support social distancing or that would benefit from cycling and walking improvements.
In order to help residents / visitors across London walk and cycle wherever possible, TfL is concentrating on three key areas:
- Quickly building a strategic cycling network, using temporary materials and including new routes, to help reduce crowding on the Tube and trains and on busy bus routes
- Changing town centres so local journeys can be safely walked and cycled where possible, for example by creating wider pavements on high streets to allow space for pedestrians as well as queuing outside shops.
- Reducing traffic on residential streets, creating low-traffic corridors right across London so more people can walk and cycle as part of their daily routine
Some of the temporary changes being made could become permanent.