With pop-up bike lanes and newly minted pedestrian plazas now commonplace in cities across the globe, some local governments are considering making these temporary installations permanent. Paris, which last week announced plans to build 650km of emergency cycle lanes for the post-lockdown phase, hopes that this will accelerate existing plans to make all of the city’s streets cycle-friendly by 2024.
Milan is also leading the charge, announcing that 35km of its roads will be reconfigured in the coming months to make more room for walking and cycling. “We have to reimagine Milan in the new situation,” says Marco Granelli, one of the city’s deputy mayors. “That’s why [these changes are] so important to defend even a part of the economy; to support bars, artisans and restaurants.” If slower and more inviting streets can’t convince other mayors to make their temporary cycle and pedestrian infrastructure permanent, perhaps an associated economic bounceback in Milan can.