Paint the Streets

From Brighton Magazine:

Guerrilla bike lanes appeared overnight on the streets of Brighton as part of an Extinction Rebellion campaign to highlight the urgent need for more cycling space in the city.

Cycling lanes have been created by Extinction Rebellion activists in Hannover, London Road and the Old Steine with dozens of bright pink, yellow and green bike stencils.

The pop-up bike lanes draw attention to the fact that dangerous, polluting cars must give way to bikes in order to tackle our environmental crises and the dangers of travel during a pandemic.

Toxic air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from road transport have dropped in the city – and across the world – after lockdowns were imposed to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Less cars on the roads has also led to more cycling and walking as our neighbourhoods have become safer.

As lockdown is eased, climate change activists, academics and politicians are calling on cities to dedicate more road space to active travel to prevent emissions returning to previous levels.

Offering a viable alternative to cars would also help avoid an emissions surge from private vehicles as social distancing means public transport cannot meet demand.

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