Visualising pavement width to aid social distancing

Visualising pavement width to aid social distancing

With the recent relaxation of the current UK COVID-19 lockdown, we have created a new map within our LINE application to show how social distancing in relation to pavement widths remains a challenge in many UK urban areas.

Transport for London has announced that they are working with London’s Boroughs to create more space in the streets for walking & cycling to support social distancing. This comes after the Department of Transport announced that pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created within weeks as part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund – the first stage of a £2 billion investment.

Our new map in LINE visualises and identifies pavements that meet social distancing requirements, along with their proximity to key buildings/services.

Follow this link to explore Exeter in our LINE map:

Exeter pavement width

This screenshot taken from the live map in LINE shows Exeter visualised, allowing you to see pavements that are under (& over) 2m wide, along with their proximity to key buildings / services. You can also switch other layers on and off (we’ve added a COVID19 vunerability index using British Red Cross methodology, and Office for National Statistics population density). The pavement data is derived from Ordance Survey’s master map, which is available for any licensed public or private sector organisation.

This information is key for London Boroughs in the weeks ahead as they work with TfL to increase pavement width, to encourage walking & cycling to ease pressure on public transport as the lockdown is lifted.

If your local authority is interested in a similar application and data set, please contact us and we are happy to assist.

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