London unveils first ever walking strategy
The mayor, Sadiq Khan is committed to transform London in the “world’s most walkable city”
- July 30, 2018 12:30
- Olya Georgieva
London is targeting an extra million walking trips a day by 2024 as part of the UK capital’s first walking action plan, of which technology will play a major role. The city will invest 2.2 billion GBP to redesign streets, install better signposting and maps, and add more pedestrian crossings. Along with walking, the mayor Sadiq Khan, wants this investment to increase the proportion of people cycling and taking public transport to 80% of journeys by 2041, from 63% now.
Transport for London will use the latest technology to implement the plan including pedestrian countdown technology–which lets people know how long they have to cross the road–and SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique). Detectors are used to count the number of people waiting to cross to provide longer and more frequent green pedestrian signal times when it is busier.
Source: Cities Today