Road closure schemes were introduced without public consultation in many areas which has led to wide-ranging issues. Local residents have been concerned over a lack of space on the roads with council leaders reporting there was “no real demand” for the scheme.
He said: “This is causing access problems for our emergency services and endangering residents’ lives.
“We are also seeing dangerous and irresponsible driving by motorists, who are going on to the pavement to avoid the barriers and putting pedestrians, particularly children, at risk of serious injury.”
Schedule City Council has also said their reduced traffic measures will be scrapped to return to a two-lane road.
Proposals to change roads in Hertfordshire have also been put on hold due to the nationwide backlash.
The government says the scheme was put into place to encourage people to use alternative transport methods instead of buses and trains at the height of the pandemic.
They say this was made after unprecedented levels of walking and cycling across the UK during the pandemic.
The new £250million emergency active travel fund was announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in May.
At the launch of the scheme, he warned some streets could become bike and bus-only while side streets would be closed to traffic.
He warned the nation could not rely on their cars completely as this could cause roads to become “gridlocked”.
He previously said: “With public transport’s capacity severely restricted at this time, our trains and buses could become overcrowded and our roads gridlocked – holding up emergency services, critical workers and vital supplies.
“We know cars will continue to remain vital for many, but as we look to the future we must build a better country with greener travel habits, cleaner air and healthier communities.”