In the post below, Price Tags is advocating that the existing and planned Greenway network be designated for both social distancing and social inclusion – a common space to share together, with enough room to maintain separation. In other words, the streets and paths that, with reduced or eliminated vehicle traffic, become the places we need to enjoy the spring, get some exercise on foot and bike, and reduce the mental risks of depression and anxiety.
For our City leaders, it’s a fast, affordable and unifying action they can take now. And here’s the thing: people are going to do it anyway.
We don’t need to be told: keep a two-meter distance when walking, even further on bike. We just need the space to do it properly. We need to formalize what citizens will do on their own. To make it safer by providing direction, instructions and signage in order to avoid conflicts with vehicles.
We can even set a goal: This spring, walk or cycle the complete greenway network.