Cities face growing calls to expand streets, re-open parks amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Lori Ewing, Global News, April 18, 2020

Lloyd Alter was running on a Toronto sidewalk recently when he stepped into a busy street without thinking to avoid a woman pushing a baby stroller.

Realizing later how easily he could have been struck by a car, Alter has started running on the city’s streetcar tracks, saying the wide expanse of the tracks that stretch about three metres across are “quite a lifesaver right now.”

(...)In Ottawa, the National Capital Commission (NCC) announced Friday that it’s closing a stretch of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. The pilot project began Saturday and runs through April 26.

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