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World-renowned Gil Penalosa giving a presentation in Cowichan

Gil Penalosa: ‘Lockdown Is an Opportunity of a Lifetime for Bike Lanes’

London has announced plans to create the largest car-free zones in Europe. It wants to encourage cycling, so that people can commute while also social distancing. Several European cities are taking similar measures.

Gil Penalosa, founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, talked to the BBC about how the lockdown measures during the coronavirus outbreak represent an “opportunity of a lifetime” to make cities more bike-friendly.

But some industry groups disagree and many city residents have resisted these policies in the past.

Watch the video by Dougal Shaw



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