Could this be York’s first temporary cycle lane?

Councillor Andy D’Agorne has asked York Council to ask contractors to leave the cones out from now completed roadworks near Fishergate Gyratory.

Councillor D’Agorne who is the Green Party councillor for Fishergate Ward and executive member for transport has been working to find ways to make York City Centre safer for cyclists and pedestrians following social distancing rules.

Earlier this week, Councillor D’Agorne asked council officers to look at what measures could be quickly applied in York, especially to allow residents to get exercise while maintaining 2m distance from others in order to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Councillor D’Agorne said “with the stay home message, far more people are out walking and cycling about. With the dramatic drop in traffic on the roads, some pedestrians are walking in the road to keep their distance from others walking the other way.

“By giving more dedicated road space to cyclists and pedestrians whilst traffic levels are lower we will make roads safer for everyone.”

“Cities across the UK and Europe are implementing similar measures (1) and it seemed since the cones were already out it was a sensible place to trial this in York.

“There is still a legal process to follow even for temporary measures, but I am keen to see what can be done as simply and cheaply as possible on a temporary basis.”

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