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[Image taken 28.3.21] Between 14.30 and 15.30, two residents counted people on Terry Avenue, York on a blustery but dry Sunday. The reason was to get a benchline ahead of the closure of the route for flood works at Clementhorpe (see also: #164634).
The ‘count line’ was the full width of the space between the river and the fencing (a line marked by the dog waste bin and the lifebuoy in the photo) close to the entrance to Rowntree Park. The day and date chosen because it was the Sunday of the final weekend before the route was due to close and the time was because we were free for that hour.
Rowntree Park was open. The children’s playing areas were open. The tennis and basketball courts were closed. The skate park was full. I think it was supposed to be closed but saw youngsters climbing over railings.
Note on numbers: There are several entrances to/exits from Rowntree Park including two on Terry Ave. People could miss the count line because they entered or exited from the pedestrian entrance on Terry Ave to the right of our count line. (We could see these people but not count them.) We could not see and not count people using other entry/exit points from/to Terry Ave, for example those entering through Butcher Terrace, who moved through the park and exited on Terry Ave via the car park, and vice versa. Therefore there were more people cycling, scooting or walking on Terry Ave than our count shows.
Results: 419 people in 60 minutes
4 people in wheelchairs (all accompanied and pushed);
77 people cycling (including one infant in a child seat)
338 people on foot or child scooters
2 Tier scooter users
Note: When the Council did their count in 2019, Tier scooters had not yet arrived in the city.
During lockdown the diversity of users reduced. I still see very few people who are clearly older and people with mobility issues, for example using walking aids and in wheelchairs, compared with pre-covid use.
Covid notes: On the day the count was done: The link from the BBC site for York (www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54373904) said:
You should stay at home except for a limited number of reasons - these include shopping for necessities, going to work (if you cannot do so from home), volunteering, seeking medical assistance, or avoiding domestic abuse.
• If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.
• You may exercise outdoors on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. You should stay in your local area.
• You may socialise outdoors with one other person not in your household.
• You should stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household, or one metre with precautions (such as a face covering).
• Some support groups can continue with up to 15 participants - but they must not take place in a private home.
• The police can fine you up to £10,000 for taking part in illegal gatherings.
On the day of counting, the BBC reported that more than 29m people had received at least one dose of the vaccination (www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55274833).
(See also proposed cyclist diversion route: #164095)

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