We’re all walking and cycling more – will we need so many cars after pandemic?

From: Ian Hallett, Harrogate.

Will more people cycle and walk in Harrogate once the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted?

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LIKE most challenges, the current crisis also brings opportunities. The streets around Harrogate and Knaresborough are wonderfully quiet, and walking or cycling for daily exercise and necessary travel feels much safer and more pleasant, especially with the longer evenings.

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The air is fresher, and that 
it’s a wonderful time to explore our surroundings from your 
own front door (while keeping your distance from others of course).

The scene in Harrogate during the Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Simon Hulme.

The quiet roads are also perfect for building confidence cycling on the road for children and adults alike. In fact on a recent bike ride I could not help but notice that there were more couples and young families out cycling than there were cars.

Being able to enjoy our own town by foot or bike shouldn’t be something which ends with the current crisis. It should be something that’s part of everyone’s daily life.

Reducing our reliance on cars also keeps us fit and healthy – and that will always help keep pressure off the NHS, during Covid-19 and beyond.

With a bit of thought, we can all do something to make sure the ‘normal’ we return to after the end of this crisis is better than the ‘normal’ we left behind. I, for one, will be switching the car for the bike whenever possible.

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