Strategies to open up Sidmouth: more social distancing

“Sidmouth’s like many other old coastal towns, it has very narrow roads and streets and it’s very difficult to achieve anything. But we have got to work at this and make it safe.”

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The authorities are taking social distancing very seriously:

Strategies to open up Sidmouth: social distancing

Strategies to open up Sidmouth: making people feel safe

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One area being to make more room on foot and cycle paths:

Sidmouth walking and cycling routes to be cleared to aid social distancing

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Another measure being taken is to make parking your car safer:

New social distancing rules for Sidmouth car parks | sidmouth.nub.news

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And another about to happen is to make walking in town a lot safer:

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Pavement markings set to help social distancing in Sidmouth

Two-metre markings will soon be appearing on the pavements of Sidmouth town centre to help people maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Town, district and county councillor Stuart Hughes plans to make the markings himself next week, after the bank holiday. Cllr Hughes, who is also the county council’s cabinet member for highways management, will be using a special template, and paint that will gradually fade…

Cllr Hughes said: “Sidmouth’s like many other old coastal towns, it has very narrow roads and streets and it’s very difficult to achieve anything. But we have got to work at this and make it safe, we do want people to visit us, and we need to make sure we get the town up and running as soon as it’s feasible and safe to do so.”

Pavement markings set to help social distancing in Sidmouth | sidmouthherald.co.uk

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There’s been a lot of talk of ‘pop-up’ solutions:

New cycle lanes and wider pavements: ‘pop-ups’ for Sidmouth

And even cheaper. spontaneous do-it-yourself fixes:

Tactical urbanism in a time of coronavirus

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Here are some more novel ways to socially distance yourself:

Covid-19: Inventive social distancing around the world | france24.com

Indian mechanic invents COVID-19 ‘social distancing’ motorbike | channelnewsasia.com

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