On May 9, at a daily press conference on the COVID-19 epidemic, British Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced a £ 2 billion plan to encourage people to work on bicycles and walk.
The information comes in the context of Britain considering gradually easing the blockade measures but still maintaining social distance.
The UK Transport Minister said that with a minimum social distance of 2 meters, the UK public transport system could only meet one tenth of the demand, even when fully operational.
Mr Shapps called on British people to continue working from home if possible, and urged people to use bicycles or walk in cases where it was mandatory to work. According to him, this action will help reduce the pressure on the public transport system, while limiting the use of private cars also helps reduce traffic congestion.
Also at the press conference, Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced a £ 2 billion plan to encourage people to use bicycles and to walk, making it the center of the country’s transportation policy. England next time. The goal of the plan is to double the number of people using bicycles and pedestrians between now and 2025.
The first phase of the plan is a £ 250 million investment package to implement a series of emergency measures to ensure safer bicyclists and pedestrians. Measures that will soon be implemented include opening bike lanes, expanding sidewalks, and bus and bicycle lanes.
According to updated information of the British Government, as of mid-May, the country recorded a total of 251,260 cases of COVID-19, including 31,587 deaths. The UK Government is expected to announce the next step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, in which consideration should be given to easing the blockade measures. This number is still rising sharply in July.
The government needs to create appropriate policies. Meanwhile, people need to follow measures to prevent epidemics and improve health. In particular, biking is an effective measure to consider!