Two thirds of pavements in London are not wide enough for people to keep two ...

Revealed: Two-thirds of pavements in London are NOT wide enough for people to keep two metres apart to meet social distancing guidelines Experts analysed the available pavement widths for all streets in Greater London Only 36 per cent of streets had 3-metre-wide pavements allowing for distancing Hammersmith & Fulham and Wandsworth were the boroughs with the least room The team call for street space to be reallocated to make walking safe at this time

By Ian Randall For Mailonline

Published: 06:00 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 14:43 BST, 1 May 2020

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Around two thirds of pavements in London are not wide enough for people to keep two metres apart in adherence with government social distancing guidelines.

Researchers from University College London used Ordnance Survey data to analyse the provision for pedestrians of every street in Greater London.

They found that only 36 per cent of streets had pavements that were at least 3 metres wide — the minimum needed for people to be able to keep their distance.  

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Two thirds of pavements in London are not wide enough for people to keep two metres apart in adherence with government social distancing guidelines

Two thirds of pavements in London are not wide enough for people to keep two metres apart in adherence with government social distancing guidelines

'Most streets in London have pavements which are just over two metres wide,' said paper author Ashley Dhanani of University College London.

'This is not enough room for people to pass each other and leave two metres’ distance between them, especially with obstacles such as bins, trees and lampposts.'

'While some may opt to walk in the road, this is not possible for people with pushchairs or with mobility impairments.'

Of all the London boroughs, the City of London had the highest percentage of streets with non-road spaces  — like pavements or grass verges — on either side that totalled six metres across, coming in at 51 per cent.

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