Space to Breathe road space protestDownload
© Licensed to London News Pictures; 03/06/2020; Bristol, UK. Protest group "Space to Breathe" cycle on Newfoundland Road, the main road out of central Bristol which later becomes the M32. The campaign say there is not enough space on Bristol's pavements, cycle lanes and shared paths to take exercise while maintaining social distancing during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, and they aim to show how one lane of Newfoundland road could be used for socially distanced active travel as a cycle lane. The group want pop-up cycle lanes along all of Bristol's arterial roads and more space on Bristol's roads, pavements, cycle lanes and shared paths for active travel and for taking exercise while maintaining social distancing. The cyclists ride with 2m foam tubes attached to their bicycles to highlight the space they need to safely commute and exercise with social distancing, and to encourage vehicles overtaking to pass at a safe distance. The group say that while there is less traffic on the roads, there's plenty of space to make separate lanes for walking, running and cycling and that failure to implement safe space now would be like failure to act on providing PPE. The group say that Bristol City Council's current plans for making more room will be too little too late and that other cities have already implemented more road space for cyclists and pedestrians. Photo credit: Simon Chapman/LNP.
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