The Aberdeen City Council was awarded a £1.76million grant to widen pavements, install temporary bike lanes, and build one-way walking systems – all to create space for social distancing during the pandemic.
I cycled into the city centre this morning and they’ve already closed part of Union Street to cars and buses (the part between Union Terrace and Market Street). I am truly impressed with the swiftness with which the city council has acted. Kudos to them. I only hope it becomes permanent.
I cycled in with Hoss and then spent a fortune at Marks & Spencer and Holland & Barrett just to confirm the stereotype that people on bikes and on foot spend a lot at local businesses. There was plenty of space in Hoss to bring it all home again.
Yesterday we walked along the south side of River Dee between the Bridge of Dee and the King George VI bridge. It’s a lovely little path. Very sheltered with lots of trees and shrubs and also very quiet. We didn’t see another soul at all. It’s very pretty too. Here are some pics.
Looking at these photos you’d be forgiven for thinking we were out in the middle of no-where but actually, this is the central Aberdeen. We’re very lucky to live here. It’s got a great climate, wonderful history, and all the amenities you’d expect a city to have but without the feeling that you’re in a crowded and over-developed space.