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April 30, 2020

Lunchtime update: European cities planning new cycle lanes

By Jonn Elledge

A pair of European countries have unveiled a range of pro-cycling policies, both to enable commuters to avoid public transport during the pandemic, and to help reduce traffic for the long term.

The French government has unveiled funding of €20m (£17m; $22m), to create new cycle lanes. It’s also offering citizens a €50 voucher to fund bike repairs. 

The Belgian capital Brussels, meanwhile, is planning to create 40km of new cycle lanes in the city centre. More from the BBC here.

Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency has said that lockdowns will mean that global emissions fall by a record breaking 8%. And a study from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air has found that improved air quality over the past month has led to 11,000 fewer deaths across Europe, The Guardian reports.

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