Nottingham Cycling Campaign, Pedals, says more actions like this are needed to create new routes for walking and cycling and space to enjoy the outdoors safely.
The Council has recently installed new green ‘Road Open’ signs to encourage people to make the most of the new car-free space. These signs are popping up all over the country as councils follow the Government’s instruction to create space for social distancing and create new walking and cycling routes to help make up for reduced public transport capacity.
• Pictures: Victoria Embankment now closed to traffic for cycling and pedestrian trial
Emma Metcalfe from Pedals says:
“It makes no sense that drivers can use this beautiful riverside park as a short-cut and speed along here. More people are using the park and the paths get so crowded. This extra space means people can cycle, skate and exercise using the road space which makes social distancing a lot easier.”
“We’re pleased that Government funding means the Council can try out ideas like this and gather feedback. The good thing about trial schemes like this is that it’s a ‘try before you buy’. The Council have the opportunity to gather feedback and iron out any issues. We’ve fed back some things we think need improving, but wholeheartedly support the idea of removing through-traffic to open up new cycling routes and spaces to enjoy.”
Pedals is encouraging people who to support the scheme to sign this petition in support of a car-free Victoria Embankment – https://www.change.org/p/nottingham-city-council-make-victoria-embankment-car-free