Due to this coronavirus pandemic, something strange is going on. The air is clean, traffic is clear and there is no pollution. This pandemic renders countries an opportunity to take space away from cars and buses and turn their cities to cyclists and pedestrians. Now, cycles have surged as a right too during this hard time.
In Kathmandu, life seems empty, with streets roads, arenas abandoned, businesses shuttered. Well-heeled residents have skipped cities to rural areas. With Covuid-19 lockdown reducing the use of public vehicles, authorities in Nepal now should take advantage by shunning streets to private cars, more public vehicles, opening others to bicycles, and widening footpaths to help people maintain the six-foot distancing recommended by health authorities.
Cycling also offers people the ability to exercise safely. Encouraging cycling may reduce crowding on public buses, where people can maintain the required distance.
Now, the government should build more cycle lanes and continue these urban interventions. Cities like Milan and Paris are already planning to build more cycle lanes. In Paris, it planned set to open 400 miles of pop-up bike lanes after the restriction ends. Many cities in different countries are committed for the change.
The global pandemic of coronavirus can be a catalyst but the government should plan to reduce more cars, vehicles and encourage cycling by increasing cycle lanes. The city looks cleaner and less congested now and let it be continued by proper plans by the government.
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