Petition to: Indicate one way direction (left handside, like for cars) on footpaths to save lives during the pandemic

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to Indicate one way direction (left handside, like for cars) on footpaths to save lives during the pandemic. More details

Petition update from the council, 18 August 2020

As part of the City Council’s plans to make Westminster a safe and appealing centre to live, work and visit after the COVID-19 Lockdown we have listened to many residents and stakeholders and have implemented a wide range of temporary and semi-temporary measures to make walking, cycling and other non-motorised vehicle modes more viable. For more information about our evolving ‘Movement Strategy’ please refer to https://www.westminster.gov.uk/coronavirus

With regard to instigate pedestrian movement control on our footways where left side footways could be reserved for one direction of travel - and the right side for the other direction - it is advised that there are no legal powers to: implement such a bye-law or traffic order; to enforce it on the street; nor fund what would be a substantial resourcing commitment; and we believe that many respondents to any bye-law consultation would object as there may be unintended consequences with regard to their particular access needs. So for these reasons it is advised that the City Council is not in a position to investigate the sort of proposal you recommend, at this present time

More details from petition creator

Help pedestrians stay 2 meters away from each other by indicating one way direction on footpath with arrows on the ground. People walking in one direction on one side of the street and other direction on the opposite side of the street. Parks included by setting up a section flow. It will avoid pedestrians having to cross streets or walk on the roads to avoid each other.

Current signatories

Elisabeth Rochman, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Malcolm Hutchinson
  • Ghislaine Salabert-Mougin