Cyclists travel in a cycle lane along the Embankment in central London on May 16, 2020.
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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a “cycling and walking revolution” that, if fully realized, could recalibrate the way people move around towns and cities.
The move comes as authorities attempt to boost public health by capitalizing on people’s renewed interest in travelling by bike and on foot during the coronavirus pandemic.
The plans, which are specifically related to England, are to be funded by £2 billion ($2.58 billion) of “new money” previously announced.
Wide-ranging in their scope, they include initiatives such as: providing cycling training to children and adults if they want it; developing an extensive network of protected bike routes; and creating “low-traffic neighbourhoods.”
In addition, the U.K. government will pilot a project in some areas of “poor health rates” to encourage doctors to prescribe cycling to patients through a…