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How safe are our streets for social distancing?: A national scale analysis of pavement space during COVID-19

Robson, Craig; Ford, Alistair

Social distancing measures were introduced across the UK in March 2020 as a response to the increasing infection rate of COVID-19. The UK government also issued statutory guidance for local authorities to investigate the potential for reallocation of road space to provide safer walking and cycling spaces for those making essential journeys or taking part in daily exercise. Identifying priority areas for the introduction of measures to ensure safer spaces was essential, and thus this study has analysed pavement space (widths) across GB, concluding that in many cities over 50% of pavements would not allow for the recommended social distancing of 2m.

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