StreetSpace and mobility

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 25th September 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

Constituents with limited mobility have raised concerns about the impact of StreetSpace schemes on their daily lives. How does StreetSpace help those who cannot walk, cycle or use public transport to stay mobile?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As lockdown lifts and demand for travel increases, Transport for London needs to run public transport at much lower levels of capacity than pre-coronavirus in order to continue to provide space for social distancing. Travel by car is likely to become a more attractive option for some, but a car-based recovery has significant risks to safety; public health; economic recovery and the environment for all Londoners regardless of whether they walk, cycle or use public transport. Therefore, my Streetspace plan seeks to provide appealing alternatives to car use for those who can walk or cycle.

Reducing levels of motor traffic will help ensure essential journeys can take place, including those undertaken by people who cannot walk, cycle or use public transport. Please also see my response to Mayor’s Question 2020/2598.