COVID-19: what is happening in the area of urban mobility

COVID-19 has a disruptive impact on the way we live and move around, on cities and society as a whole. EIT Urban Mobility will do what it can to support its partners and stakeholders in mitigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on mobility, its impact on the transport sector and on cities and the way we live as a whole. We will post news and articles regularly here, so check in every now and then for updates.

Tel Aviv converts 11 streets in the city center into pedestrian zones

Posted on 19 May 2020 – The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality will convert 11 popular streets into pedestrian zones shut to vehicles in the coming weeks, seeking to encourage local trade and make the city more pedestrian-friendly.
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Robot dog reminds visitors of social distancing in Singapore park

Posted on 17 May 2020 – The government of Singapore has deployed a four-legged robot dog in a local park to remind visitors of the importance of social distancing starting on 8 May 2020. As part of the two-week trial, the robot called Spot, will be deployed over a 3 km stretch in the River Plains section of the park during off-peak hours, and it will be accompanied by at least one park officer.
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How COVID-19 will impact future mobility solutions

Posted on 11 May 2020 – Over the long term, COVID-19 could have a lasting impact on mobility as it drives change in the macroeconomic environment, regulatory trends, technology, and consumer behaviors. The trends may vary by region, however, so responses and outcomes for mobility players will differ by location. As the global pandemic spreads, mobility players need to prepare for the new world ahead. But how?
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How do people really experience working from home as an alternative to commuting?

Posted on 6 May 2020 – The University of Amsterdam investigated, through an online survey, people’s perceptions and experiences of working from home as an alternative to commuting. The main questions explored were: What do people see as the main advantages and disadvantages of working from home? Do they miss the experience of commuting to work? Do they think they will likely work from home more often after the current restrictions are lifted? Check out all key results of this research!
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Temporary bike lanes will help traffic during the pandemic

Posted on 30 April 2020– The Municipality of Budapest has decided to establish temporary bicycle lanes for several key routes around the city. The capital’s aim with this decision is to provide its residents with an alternative and safer way to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Paris plans to create 650 km of pop-up ‘corona cycleways’

Posted on 28 April 2020 – Paris is the latest global city to roll out emergency bike lanes for the use of key workers and others during the lockdown. 650 kilometers of cycleways—including a number of pop-up “corona cycleways”—will be readied for May 11 when lockdown is eased in France.
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Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown

Posted on 21 April 2020 – Milan is to introduce one of Europe’s most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coronavirus crisis.
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Will COVID-19 fundamentally change mobility?

Posted on 16 April 2020 – The mobility sector has been one of the industries most affected by the outbreak. This article provides interesting information of the immediate impact of the isolation measures on the industry and explores the degree to which the long term consequences may affect mobility even after the peak of the pandemic passes. 
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Digital lessons from COVID-19

Posted on 14 April 2020 – The coronavirus pandemic has already had a profound effect on how we leverage and continue our societal digital transition. What are the key lessons being learned? What type of new digital deal must prevail to adequately power a post-coronavirus world? Read the entire article here.

Big data and behavioural analyses to guide through the crisis

Posted on 11 April 2020 – In response to COVID-19, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has initiated a big data & machine learning research project including, among other things, behavioural psychology. The research will help us understand the connections between the government’s handling of the crisis, media coverage, the population’s behaviour, and spread of the virus.
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City bike season to start in Helsinki earlier than last year

Posted on 7 April 2020 – At the request of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the City of Helsinki, HKL and the City of Espoo decided to bring forward the opening of the city bike season because the use of the bikes could provide one way to mitigate the spread of the virus.
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Corona-free mobility: cars and non-motorized mobility

Posted on 1 April 2020 – The comeback of the private car in times of Corona. How to ensure safe mobility and a good life for all, even in times of Corona?
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We’re not going back to normal

Posted on 30 March 2020 – To stop coronavirus we will need to radically change almost everything we do: how we work, exercise, socialize, shop, manage our health, educate our kids, take care of family members.

We all want things to go back to normal quickly. But what most of us have probably not yet realized—yet will soon—is that things won’t go back to normal after a few weeks, or even a few months. Some things never will.
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Up to 50% drop in air pollution due to reduced traffic in cities

Posted on 27 March 2020 – European Environment Agency’s (EEA) data confirm large decreases in air pollutant concentrations largely due to reduced traffic and other activities, especially in major cities under lockdown measures.
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