Highway Measures under the COVID 19 Crisis – Fast Urban Change

This resource published in 2020 by the Urban Design Group, aims to outline legislation, instruments, and measures relevant to town and cities in the UK in relation to the transformation of streets and highways. It can, therefore, help to plan and design any tactical urbanism initiatives undertaken in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as more longer-term transformational changes.

Date added 4 December 2020
Last updated 4 December 2020

This resource published in 2020 by the Urban Design Group, aims to outline legislation, instruments, and measures relevant to town and cities in the UK in relation to the transformation of streets and highways. It can, therefore, help to plan and design any tactical urbanism initiatives undertaken in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as more longer-term transformational changes. 

The resource lays out:

  1. What duties UK town and cities have in the face of the pandemic in relation to securing safety for pedestrians and cyclists (e.g. the duty to provide proper and sufficient footway);
  2. Available options and measures to fulfil these duties that cities internationally have been applying, and that can be implemented by local authorities without lengthy bureaucratic processes (e.g. suspension of parking spaces to widen pavements and bike lanes);
  3. And, information on what the legal and practical requirements are for these measures to be implemented in a timely manner (e.g. no consultation required for the implementation of temporary traffic regulations).

Finally, this resource offers links to relevant acts and regulations that can be of use to local authorities.