Boost for bikes as Europeans gear up for coronavirus commute
(Reuters, 11 May 2020) Cities aim to make urban centres more bike-friendly in an effort to encourage communters to avoid virus risks on public transport.
Bicycles could play a central role in more major European cities as governments scramble to get commuters back to work without crowding buses or trains after coronavirus lockdowns are eased.
Britain, a laggard compared to its continental neighbours when it comes to cycling to work, is now encouraging people to get in the saddle as part of a 250 million pound ($308 million) emergency active travel fund announced last week.
And in France, home to the world's most famous bike race, the government plans to invest 20 million euros ($22 million) to develop and subsidise two-wheel travel, which like Britain will include temporary bike lanes.