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Britain will invest £2 billion in cycling and walking in response to the coronavirus

People cycle into the City during the morning rush hour in London
REUTERS/Stephen Hird
Cycling beats the Tube for avoiding the coronavirus.
  • Jenny Anderson
By Jenny Anderson

Senior reporter, Editor of How to be Human

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps announced a £2 billion ($2.5 billion) package to put cycling and walking “at the heart of” Britain’s post-coronavirus transportation plan. The idea is to reduce crowding on public transport and gridlock on roads.

While Shapps said the measures would contribute to a greener and healthier recovery in the wake of the pandemic, he also noted that with a two-meter social distancing rule, there is only capacity for one in 10 passengers in many parts of the public transport network.

“Moving beyond Covid will be a gradual process, not a single leap to freedom, so when we do emerge the world will seem quite different,” he said in a daily Downing Street press briefing. More cycling and walking presents a “health opportunity” for people to become fitter and improve their physical and mental health, he said.

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