- Pavements will be temporarily widened and marked out to encourage social distancing whilst maintaining accessibility and this may result in the suspension of some parking spaces. Any obstructions on the pavement, such as temporary signage, will be cleared to prevent bottlenecks.
- Temporary cycleways will be created to improve the cycle network; and signage will be used to make sure motorists are aware that pedestrians and cyclists may be sharing the highway.
- Since the end of March all Council-run car parks and on-street parking bays in Calderdale have been free to use, so key workers could continue their work to support the COVID-19 response without worrying about the charges and they will continue to be exempt.
- Otherwise charges will now be reintroduced, with on-street parking charges applying from 1 June 2020 whilst charges at car parks will be reintroduced from 15 June 2020.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment, Cllr Scott Patient said:
“During the lockdown our roads have been quieter and the air cleaner. Many more people have been enjoying walking and cycling when they take their daily exercise and I know many want to continue after the lockdown restrictions lift.
“There are clear physical and mental health benefits to cycling and walking as well as the benefits to air quality and our environment and this is reflected in Government policy, with the announcement of a £2 billion fund to support alternative ways to travel.
“This presents us with a real opportunity to respond to the climate emergency by doing things differently. Wherever possible we want to encourage people to consider active travel such as walking or cycling and when it is safe we’ll recommend the use of public transport to reduce local car usage.”