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Photo #157641

Marygate Car Park gained a 'popup' social distancing covid-19 corridor in summer 2020. [But see update: #168548] It is coned off from the remaining parking area - the strip to the right of the wooden fencing, bound by the cones. It represents around 70 parking spaces. It enables users of a key route (two schools, the hospital, York St John University, the riverside, the bus interchange, the rail station) to socially distance but also, critically, to keep moving, especially in cold and wet weather. The original shared space was around 2m (for people on cycles and trikes, pedestrians, runners, dog walkers, people who are blind, people in wheelchairs, people with wheeled walkers, people moving in a leisurely manner, people hastening, families moving in groups on foot and on cycles, and with pushchairs, people with wheeled luggage, people with laden cycles, and since 20 October 2020, an E-scooter hire scheme). It was intended that people on cycles should use the coned off area. In reality, to enable social distancing, to keep moving in the wet and cold months, and because it is simply more open and attractive, and there is more room for the dog(s) or family members, many people who are not cycling use the coned area. The two cyclists are coming from Scarborough bridge using the steeper slope (with limited/no sightlines). There is a less steep slope behind the camera. There is a gap in the fencing to both slopes. See also #157640. Tier hire scooters/cycles see: #164663

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