No, thanks to media fear-mongering.
During the May 2020 long weekend, traffic in Banff was down 70 per cent but pedestrian traffic was down 88 per cent, which suggests people currently prefer to drive or avoid congested pedestrian spaces, town administration said.
The town will spend $175,000 on landscaping and traffic control to make the closed roadspace more pedestrian-friendly.
The mountain town’s economy, which is centred on tourism, was devastated as COVID-19 brought international and domestic travel to a halt. The community is facing an unemployment rate as high as 85 per cent.
Banff remains under a state of local emergency.
There have been four cases of COVID-19 in the community, which has a population of around 7,800. The national park PC (Pre-Covid) attracted more than four million visitors each year.
Thanks to Winston Smith for this link
“This is how to get folks used to no car future,” says Winston “Need the social distance – need to walk on the roads.”