Making more space for cycling and walking

Help to follow physical distancing guidelines

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More space for pedestrians and cyclists is being created in public places across North Lanarkshire to help people follow physical distancing guidelines.

We received £1 million from the Scottish Government's Spaces for People initiative to fund a range of temporary measures to make it easier and safer to walk and cycle at popular locations. The measures include the reallocation of sections of road carriageways to provide additional space for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as the provision of additional cycle racks.

"We have seen more people walking and cycling for their regular exercise or essential journeys during the coronavirus outbreak, and that trend is continuing," said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transportation Committee.

"So we want to make it safer and more pleasant for residents to enjoy walking and cycling, which have clear benefits for health and well-being as well as for the environment, with less vehicle emissions.

"These temporary measures are part of the council's recovery strategy, and they support the Scottish Government's advice to use active travel instead of driving, where possible."

Spaces for People is being administered by Sustrans, on behalf of the Scottish Government.

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