Health experts have given clear guidance that if we need to go out in public during the Covid-19 pandemic, we should maintain a two-metre distance from others. Cities are grappling with the fact that sidewalks are less than two metres wide. Add in a lamp post, a transit stop, or a queue of people waiting to enter a store, and maintaining two metres of space quickly becomes impossible, unless you step off the curb and walk in the road.
In many cities around the world, people walking and cycling are now being invited to do exactly that. With fewer cars traveling on the roadways, cities are closing curb lanes to cars and creating additional, temporary spaces to help cyclists and pedestrians maintain their distance.
Starting in April 2020, TCAT partnered with Share the Road Cycling Coalition to develop the resources below for municipal staff about re-balancing streets and active transportation in the midst of a pandemic.