The Scottish Government has announced a new £10 million fund to create new 'pop-up' walking and cycling routes during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Now I have to say I can't see the case for additional cycling routes, as opposed to walking routes, because there are far fewer cars on the road than normal these days - and long may this last.
What I would do instead is to ensure that cyclists behave with more courtesy and consideration by insisting they:
- Slow right down around pedestrians
- Be extra vigilant around young children
- Stay off the pavements and public footpaths
- Use the road if there's no designated cycle lane
- Give pedestrians a 2 metre wide berth in shared spaces
- Wear a face covering or mask while lockdown continues
If I had my way, I'd redirect these funds into turning more of Glasgow city centre into 'car free' and 'bike free' pedestrian zones.