Cycling: fourteen million Britons ready to get on their bikes
LONDON: Brittany could experience a transportation revolution caused by coronavirus pandemic with up to 14 million people ready to change cars for bicycles, British cycling believe.
However, the opportunity could be lost if towns and cities do not follow the guidance of the Department of Transportation to provide new emergency infrastructure, such as emerging bicycle lanes.
Despite a loosening of the lockdown measures designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, traveling on buses and trains is still discouraged because of social distancing concerns.
The government has announced a £ 2bn ($ 2.42bn) financing package for active travel such as biking and walking, with £ 250m immediately available for local authorities to make changes to its roads.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson He described it as an opportunity for a golden age for cycling.
British cycling says it will work with the public and policymakers, and former Olympic champion Chris Boardman , a passionate advocate of safe cycling, acts as a policy advisor.
Boardman who is helping to transform Manchester 's cycling infrastructure in his role as the city 's Walking and Cycling Commissioner, will host a webinar with 12 city authorities.
"Our country is undoubtedly at a crossroads, and we now face a stark choice between the old routine of cars, congestion and pollution or a new future of healthy streets, happy people and cleaner air," British cycling chief Julie Harrington said.
All of our research shows that people want to do one more cycle, and now we urge local authorities to take advantage of the moment and make the most of the support offered by the Government.
British cycling said it would use its network of 10,000 volunteers to assist those wanting to return to cycling -- part of its #ChooseCycling campaign.
"Enabling more people to choose cycling is vital if we want to ease pressure on public transport," Harrington said.
A recent survey found that 28% of Brittany 's adult population cycle less than once per month, but would like to do it more.
He also claims that increasing cycling to 25% of all trips in the country by 2050 could provide more than £ 42 billion of economic benefit, while increasing cycling by 3 km per day and walking by 1 km among urban dwellers. could save the NHS £ 17 billion over the next 20 years
Boardman says Brittany may never have a better chance to change the way it moves.
Cycling and walking have just shown how robust they are in any kind of crisis, he told Reuters.
Since people are told not to use public transportation, cities have focused on the fact that if they don't do something there will be massive implications.