Spaces for people - temporary measures being planned

Plans we're developing

While we’ve been asking for your ideas for temporary measures, we're aware of areas in the city where it’s more difficult to keep a safe distance. We also know from gathering people's views on our planned improvements to our active travel network that there are areas where people feel less comfortable moving around on 'wheels' of various kinds. We’re also looking at areas of the city where businesses will need more outdoor space as they re-open.

We’ve already reviewed many locations and are currently drawing up plans so we can put temporary measures in place as quickly as possible. Many of the comments you've given us on the Commonplace interactive map are about issues in these locations. So, your comments are already helping us to refine our next set of proposals for temporary changes, and they'll help us to identify other possible temporary measures across the city.

Each plan for temporary measures will be reviewed against the criteria in our decision-making process and with our key stakeholders. We’ll prioritise temporary measures that will have the greatest benefit to public health, support business recovery and can be delivered in a short timeframe. We’re also making sure we link the temporary measures with our existing network of quiet routes and the National Cycle Network. Please check this section regularly to see the latest information as we may have to adapt plans following this process.

Initially, we may use cones to mark the expanded spaces for people. Where possible, we will replace these with more robust materials as suppliers and contractors are able to deliver and install them. This may include rubber kerbing, safety ‘wands’ and other specialist temporary road equipment. We’re also patching and repairing pavements and roads where it’s needed before we put the temporary measures in place.

You can also read about the temporary measures which are already in place.