New (im)mobility: Can we avoid the private car revenge?

Mobility operators and public leaders must anticipate a post-pandemic shift...


May 31st 2020 · 5 min reading

Mobility

Mobility refers to the movement of people and goods. This recognizes both automobile and transit modes, but still assumes that movement is an end in itself, rather than a means to an end.

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Mobility operators and public leaders must anticipate a post-pandemic shift to single-occupancy vehicle use, and act before urban transportation locks us down again.

On June 1st 2020, restrictions across NSW are set to relax every further. As many state governments across Australia also continue to relax mobility restrictions, students return to schools, and Australians return to offices; but how we choose to travel is set to change dramatically.

This is challenging the new expectations set upon transport operators by commuters who want to be reassured that measures will be put in place to mitigate the risks of a second wave of infections.

What are we doing to combat these fears?

To combat these fears, many commuters across the globe have turned to cycling. But for those that live in cities like Sydney that lack widespread cycling infrastructure, private vehicles appear to be making a come back in a big way. First-tier Chinese cities such as Beijing - which has greater access to public bike sharing initiatives and the cycleways to support such a system - may provide a glimspe into our own future. Congestion has reached peaks seen in 2019 while metro ridership remains at incredibly low levels.

COVID-19 will have an enduring impact on urban mobility. The next hurdles facing governments all over the world is:

  • How do we prevent long-term reuptake of solo car use?
  • How do we foster trust between public transport operators and the people that rely on public networks?
  • Read the original article on Smart Cities Drive here.

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