NEWS Spin calls for designs to reimagine protected mobility lanes

Spin and urban planning firm Team Better Block have launched the ‘Build a Better Barrier Challenge,’ an open call for individuals or teams around the world with experience in design, planning, and an interest in creating safer streets to develop ideas for protected lanes that prioritise pedestrians, rollerbladers, scooter and bike riders, and any other form of active transportation.

Amidst COVID-19, one of the challenges cities face is how to give people the freedom to move while allowing them adequate space for safe physical distancing. And as local governments start to develop plans to gradually reopen cities, it is said to be clear that physical distancing will continue to play an important role in transportation, which can further accelerate use of other individual modes of transportation like bikes and e-scooters, for those who can’t or don’t want to rely on private automobile ownership.