The opportunity of the roads being quieter is being seized by Connecting Leeds to improve walking and cycling routes around Leeds, and you are invited to share your ideas on their interactive map.
The immediate issue is ensure pedestrians and cyclists can maintain a safe 2m disatance from each other. This has already seen pavements widened with new barriers in the city centre and wider cycling lanes on routes such as Kirkstall Road.
Connecting Leeds, the project to improve public transport in Leeds, is now asking residents to help identify problem junctions and other barriers to safe walking and cycling commutes.
A spokesperson explained:
“We want to hear your ideas for making our streets better for walking and cycling and maintaining social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, and also to assist with the recovery. Whether it’s a dangerous pinch point that needs addressing, a new cycle route, or inspiration for creating quieter residential streets, we want to hear your ideas.
“We also want to use this opportunity to keep the benefits we have experienced of seeing less polluting vehicles and traffic on our roads. Especially now in helping meet our goals for tackling the climate emergency and improving health, through cleaner air and active travel.
“This means looking at short, medium and long-term schemes to deliver these goals. Prioritising on safety, active health and reducing carbon, but matched with the available resources, budget and capacity to deliver these ideas.”
Ideas already posted on the map in South Leeds include extending the 20 mph limit to Beeston Road and Old Lane in Beeston, reducing the limit to 10 mph in dead end back-to-back streets where children play out, and resurfacing Town Street in Middleton so that cyclists don’t have to use the pavements to avoid potholes.
You can add your comments directly onto the map or agree with other comments already on the map to give the idea greater weight.
What would you like to see changed? Have your say at leedscovidsuggestascheme.commonplace.is