City of York Council is extending the Bishopthorpe Road trial traffic restrictions to support social distancing outside shops as footpaths are expected to become even busier from 15 June.
The measures are in place to widen the pavement to provide more space for pedestrians to socially distance from each other whilst also maintaining a route for cyclists in both directions. The changes to the highway layout will also help to encourage people to walk or cycle to the local shops on the street.
The busy area around these local shops will continue being one way for a further two months. With more categories of shops expected to open from 15 June, increased footfall is expected with even more pressures on pedestrian space. The need for the additional space and the impact on road users will continue to be monitored throughout the period.
The trial can be amended at any point if guidance changes, and the Council continues to welcome feedback from residents and businesses. Nearly 90 individual responses have been submitted which will help officers to consider the impact and any possible changes.
The arrangement will continue to divert all southbound traffic, except for bicycles, via Nunnery Lane, Blossom Street and Scarcroft Road.
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, executive member for Transport, said: “When the scheme first started extra delays were caused by essential utility repairs on Blossom Street. Any changes to the highway will have an impact but this scheme is very much in line with government advice to councils to reallocate roadspace to walking and cycling in the light of the changes resulting from coronavirus, and to help keep people safe.”
“Cycling and walking have noticeably increased since March this year, with residents aware that exercise significantly improves our physical and mental wellbeing. This trial supports safe social distancing and encourages more active travel.”
Please share your feedback on the trial by emailing Bishrd@york.gov.uk.